On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 9:38 AM, Theo10011 <de10...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Is it time for a #IamwithVibber tag now? :)
> It might be time to consider just promoting Brion or something? (as deputy
> or head of engineering). There is no one the community would trust more on
> the engineering needs of WMF. And from the looks of it, he does have the
> support of staff and isn't holding back any relevant information or
> opinion. He can bring stability to a very shake ship right now.
Thanks, but I'll openly say that managing a department full of people is a
lot of very hard work and requires skillsets I do not have; that's why I
happily transitioned out of the CTO role in 2009 (and burnout related to
that was one of the reasons I left WMF for a while around that time,
returning in 2011).
> On Mon, Feb 22, 2016, Austin Hair <adh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I really don't think I can let this one go, though. Would you please
> > name one "pet project"—actually, I don't think it's so much to ask to
> > name them all—that's had to be shut down?
> I think that might be a reference to Flow or AFT, even the MoodBar (3 off
> the top of my head). Apart from that staff roles and entire departments
> like Globaldev, and I even remember a strategy department briefly, that was
> reshuffled. The timeline isn't as clear when these things were refactored
> but a lot of things were abandoned over the years.
> Lila, I don't know what impression you had before you joined WMF. This
> wasn't a struggling project, or not at the desperate level that is forming
> your narrative now. We had larger and more successful fundraisers every
> year, the staff doubled and tripled, the pageviews rose, as did unique
> visitors, and we enjoyed an improving reputation - there were no immediate
> burning fires that needed addressing. This entire paradigm shift reeks of a
> desperation that isn't supported by facts.
> Your project and vision is far too radical for the need of the hour. Even
> the changes you speak of, they can only be achieved gradually. You can't
> turn this ship in such a dramatic fashion for such an ambitious project.
> You should have prototyped exactly what it is you want - you had more than
> enough funds and resources without this tiny Knight foundation grant and
> this whole drama.
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