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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 on my own behalf, but that's not necessarily true of everyone.
>
> Regardless, I'd at least like to see some preference given toward
> volunteers who might apply and encouragement for them to do so if
> qualified. There's been, to put it mildly, some tone deafness of the VPN in
> dealing with the community, and though some of the people engaged in that
> were indeed volunteers as well, I have no idea if that was actually their
> idea. (I hope not.) Perhaps having some people who have been volunteers
> actually in charge might help to bridge that disconnect.
>
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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 and
>> other open source tech tools. 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.
>>
>> Pine
>>
>> Pine
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 6:21 PM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> > 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 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.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Some of you may have questions about this transition and our plans for
>> > > Engineering leadership. There’s a small FAQ attached below that should
>> > > address some of the immediate questions about next steps. While I know
>> > you
>> > > may have additional questions, we can’t share more regarding personnel
>> > > issues. Thank you for respecting that confidentiality.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > ~~~~Lila
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. Why did Damon leave?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Damon’s departure is a personnel issue, so we are not able to comment
>> on
>> > > it. Thank you for respecting that confidentiality and Damon’s privacy.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. Who will manage Engineering and Technology?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Lila and our interim Chief Operating Officer Terry Gilbey will be
>> sharing
>> > > oversight for the Engineering and Technology teams at the C-level.
>> > They'll
>> > > work closely with the strong leadership of the audience verticals and
>> > > individual teams. Lila, Terry, Katie Horn, Toby Negrin, Trevor
>> Parscal,
>> > Wes
>> > > Moran, and the C-team are committed to doing our best to minimize
>> > > disruption to your day-to-day work, and to support you during this
>> > > transition.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. Who will guide Engineering decisions and set goals?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > The basic direction for the Engineering team is articulated in their
>> > > approved Q1 goals. The team will continue to deliver on these
>> > commitments.
>> > > The audience team leads will meet regularly with Lila to ensure that
>> > their
>> > > work remains aligned with the WMF’s technical vision.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. What does this mean for the new Engineering and Technology
>> department
>> > > structure?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > The department structures for Engineering and Technology remain the
>> same.
>> > > The audience verticals reflect the emerging strategy, and we believe
>> they
>> > > remain the best way to organize the WMF’s teams, based on the work we
>> > have
>> > > ahead of us in the next few years.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. Will there be any additional department reorganization as part of
>> > this?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > We’re not planning any additional organizational changes.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. What does this mean for the ongoing CTO search?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > We are already underway with the CTO search; this will continue as
>> > planned.
>> > > The CTO role is an important part of executing against the WMF’s
>> > > engineering strategy. We look forward to bringing on board a new CTO
>> with
>> > > the leadership, perspective, and skills that the position entails.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Q. Will we recruit for a new Vice President of Engineering? What is
>> the
>> > > timeline?
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Our priority will continue to be filling the CTO role. Once we have
>> > > identified a CTO we’ll revisit the role of VPE, to ensure that the new
>> > > CTO’s perspective is taken into consideration.
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