Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-03 Thread Quim Gil
On Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 3:30 AM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote: Pinging Quim in case he can give us some demographics of Wikimedia's volunteer tech pool and whether he thinks it might be possible to find an engineering executive in that pool. I'm not sure which demographics we should look

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-03 Thread Quim Gil
Anders, I don't think I'm underestimating the competence we have in this community. I'm wondering which demographics we should look at in order to detect potential candidates for engineering executives (replying to Pine's ping). I'm also suggesting that improving the communication of our open

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-03 Thread Pine W
Another thought: perhaps more investment could be made in providing career development support for our volunteers of all kinds. It's relatively common in the United States for organizations with lots of volunteers to put some investment explicitly into helping the volunteers develop skills snd

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-03 Thread Anders Wennersten
Quim Gil skrev den 2015-07-03 14:27: I think that if there would be a good candidate for a VP of Engineering in our community, they wouldn't have been unnoticed (but I might be wrong). Please do not underestimate the competence existing in the community. For myself I have seven years of

[Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-03 Thread Brian Wolff
Another thought: perhaps more investment could be made in providing career development support for our volunteers of all kinds. It's relatively common in the United States for organizations with lots of volunteers to put some investment explicitly into helping the volunteers develop skills snd

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-03 Thread Pine W
Hi Quim, I was digressing a little from the original subject of this thread when I talked about WMF career development support for volunteers, but here are a few suggestions: 1. Prioritize work on the open badges system. 2. Make information about WMF contract positions more public. Currently,

[Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Lila Tretikov
Dear all, I wanted to let you know that Damon Sicore’s last day with the WMF was June 30th. Damon has served as the Vice President of Engineering and played a role in our strategic thinking as we retool to fulfill our mission of delivering free and open knowledge to the world. We wish him well.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Todd Allen
Lila, Will any consideration be given toward selecting a new leader for the engineering team who has been an active volunteer with a Wikimedia project for some period of time? Thanks, Todd On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 5:35 PM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote: Dear all, I wanted to let

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Pine W
Todd, I'm not speaking for WMF or Lila here, just repeating what I've heard in other circles: it's rare to find a software engineer or designer who's an experienced Wikimedia content contributor. More common, but still far from plentiful, are experienced engineers who've contributed to MediaWiki

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Todd Allen
... Tone deafness of the WMF, and thank my phone for silly spelling. On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM, Todd Allen toddmal...@gmail.com wrote: You're talking to one now, and I know several others. Now speaking for me, I would never want to be VP of anything, and so I'm certainly not asking this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Liam Wyatt
Thank you for this announcement Lila. Good luck to Damon in his future endeavours; Good luck to the leadership of the engineering teams during this transition; And, good luck for recruiting the important CTO role soon! Sincerely, -Liam / Wittylama On Friday, 3 July 2015, Lila Tretikov

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Pete Forsyth
On Jul 2, 2015 5:32 PM, Ricordisamoa ricordisa...@openmailbox.org wrote: Il 03/07/2015 01:35, Lila Tretikov ha scritto: (Snip) While I know you may have additional questions, we can’t share more regarding personnel Personal? No, personnel. It means, more or less, issues about an

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Ricordisamoa
Il 03/07/2015 01:35, Lila Tretikov ha scritto: Dear all, I wanted to let you know that Damon Sicore’s last day with the WMF was June 30th. Damon has served as the Vice President of Engineering and played a role in our strategic thinking as we retool to fulfill our mission of delivering free

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in Engineering leadership

2015-07-02 Thread Pine W
I think most VPNs are tone deaf. ;) Yes, in general I would like to see more respect from WMF for the collective wisdom of the community and for the use of volunteer time. Appointing a technical or content contributor to an executive role would be a good thing IMO. Pine On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at