Its been my privilege to work with Corey as a tech lead, then engineering
manager and peer product owner for 3 years. We will miss Corey immensely in
app land, and I will miss him personally as a day-in-day-out partner on our
apps, but I am so glad to see Corey's "work ethic, thought leadership, real
world experience, and collegial spirit" being put to work to bridge the
gaps and move us forward together.

I look forward to seeing the platform evolution plans turn into reality,
and wish Corey, the new Core Platform team and all involved with bringing
the working-group/CDP together all the best with this hugely important

On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 10:57 AM, Victoria Coleman <>

> Hi everyone,
> We are very pleased to be making three big announcements:
> 1. The Platform Evolution (PE) cross-departmental program (CDP) is
> approved in the annual plan for next fiscal year.
> This PE CDP was developed with input from staff across our organization in
> the Audiences and Technology Working Group. Together, these staff worked to
> identify some of our most pressing issues while opening healthy discussions
> between both departments and WMDE.
> Along with the other Technology programs funded in the annual plan,
> funding of this program represents a renewed commitment by the Foundation
> to the long term health of the technology that is key to supporting our
> mission, staff and communities.
> 2. We are creating the Core Platform team, a new converged platform and
> services team to be the focus of the Platform Evolution CDP.
> We are doing this in order to better support the PE CDP and begin the hard
> work of re-architecting our technology stack into a more sustainable and
> flexible platform, in support of the Wikimedia movement strategic
> direction. The MediaWiki Platform team alongside the Services Platform team
> hold some of the most senior technologists of our community. Their skill
> sets and experience are vitally important for the success of the CDP so
> they will be moving into the new Core Platform team. We want to thank Tim
> Starling and Marko Obrovac for their hard work, leadership and dedication
> which has brought us to this point. They and their teams are doing
> incredibly  important work to sustain our software stack day in day out
> while also looking into the future and guiding the reengineering of our
> platform to support the mission for the years ahead.
> 3. Corey Floyd will be joining the Technology Department to lead the Core
> Platform team.
> In addition to day to day management, Corey will operate in the program
> management capacity for the PE CDP. Corey was instrumental in formulating
> the PE CDP, assembling the program through extensive needs analysis,
> synthesis, and collaboration with Foundation team members and WMDE. He
> brings a proven track record in clarifying stakeholder needs and
> translating them into amazing products.
> As many of you know, Corey started at the Foundation as an iOS engineer,
> was promoted to manage the iOS and Android native apps engineers who worked
> tirelessly to evolve the open source apps into award winners beloved by
> millions of our users, and has been operating in an
> engineering product owner capacity for the Infrastructure team within
> Audiences-Readers. He is known for his work ethic, thought leadership, real
> world experience, and collegial spirit.
> Audiences will be working to backfill the duties of Corey in Apps
> engineering management and Reading Infrastructure product ownership, and
> work is already underway to close these gap in conjunction with Corey’s
> cutover to Technology.
> We’re happy to make the Platform Evolution CDP official. And please join
> me in welcoming Corey to Technology, where he’ll transition on July 1,
> 2018. We’ll be sharing more updates about the team and the PE CDP in the
> coming weeks.
> We are incredibly excited!
> Victoria and Toby
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