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LevelUp (sequel to "What do you want to learn?" & 20% time)
LevelUp is a mentorship program that will start in January 2013 and that
replaces the "20% time" policy
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_20%25_policy for
Wikimedia Foundation engineers. Technical contributors, volunteer or
staff, have the opportunity to participate; see
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/LevelUp for more details.

We started 20% time to ensure that Wikimedia Foundation engineers would
spend at least 20% of each week on tasks that directly serve the
Wikimedia developer and user community, including bug triage, code
review, extension review, documentation, urgent bugfixes, and so on. It
had various flaws. 1 day every week, I made people task-switch and it
got in the way of their deadlines, and it was perceived as a chore that
always needed doing.

It felt like enforcing a rota to do the dishes. So instead, let's build
a dishwasher. :-) We can cross-train each other and fill in the empty
rows on the maintainership table
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developers/Maintainers so our whole
community gains the capacity to get stuff done faster.

If you've been frustrated because of code review delays, I want you to
sign up for LevelUp -- by March 2013 you could be a comaintainer of a
codebase and be merging and improving other people's patchsets, which
will give them more time and incentive to merge yours. :-)

When I asked what people wanted to learn, I got a variety of responses
-- including "MediaWiki in general", "puppet", "networking", and "JS,
PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL" -- all of which you can learn through LevelUp.
When I asked how you wanted to learn, all of you said you wanted
real-life, hands-on work with mentors who could answer your questions.
Here you go. :-)

I won't be starting the matchmaking process in earnest till I come back
from the Thanksgiving break on Monday, but I will reply to talk page
messages and emails then. :-)
--
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: LevelUp (sequel to "What do you want to learn?" & 20% time) [ In reply to ]
On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM, Sumana Harihareswara
<sumanah@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> LevelUp is a mentorship program that will start in January 2013 and that
> replaces the "20% time" policy
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_20%25_policy for
> Wikimedia Foundation engineers. Technical contributors, volunteer or
> staff, have the opportunity to participate; see
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/LevelUp for more details.
>
> We started 20% time to ensure that Wikimedia Foundation engineers would
> spend at least 20% of each week on tasks that directly serve the
> Wikimedia developer and user community, including bug triage, code
> review, extension review, documentation, urgent bugfixes, and so on. It
> had various flaws. 1 day every week, I made people task-switch and it
> got in the way of their deadlines, and it was perceived as a chore that
> always needed doing.
>
> It felt like enforcing a rota to do the dishes. So instead, let's build
> a dishwasher. :-) We can cross-train each other and fill in the empty
> rows on the maintainership table
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developers/Maintainers so our whole
> community gains the capacity to get stuff done faster.
>
> If you've been frustrated because of code review delays, I want you to
> sign up for LevelUp -- by March 2013 you could be a comaintainer of a
> codebase and be merging and improving other people's patchsets, which
> will give them more time and incentive to merge yours. :-)
>
> When I asked what people wanted to learn, I got a variety of responses
> -- including "MediaWiki in general", "puppet", "networking", and "JS,
> PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL" -- all of which you can learn through LevelUp.
> When I asked how you wanted to learn, all of you said you wanted
> real-life, hands-on work with mentors who could answer your questions.
> Here you go. :-)
>
> I won't be starting the matchmaking process in earnest till I come back
> from the Thanksgiving break on Monday, but I will reply to talk page
> messages and emails then. :-)
> --
> Sumana Harihareswara
> Engineering Community Manager
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
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I know they just came from the bugzilla descriptions (which really
need to be updated in some cases), but some of the component
descriptions are just funny:
*API: RESTful Web-based API that lets people interact with MediaWiki
programmatically
*Job queue (available since 1.21)
(They're funny because the API isn't RESTful and the Job Queue isn't
new in 1.21).

-bawolff

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Re: LevelUp (sequel to "What do you want to learn?" & 20% time) [ In reply to ]
On 22/11/12 01:38, bawolff wrote:
> I know they just came from the bugzilla descriptions (which really
> need to be updated in some cases), but some of the component
> descriptions are just funny:
> *API: RESTful Web-based API that lets people interact with MediaWiki
> programmatically
> *Job queue (available since 1.21)
> (They're funny because the API isn't RESTful and the Job Queue isn't
> new in 1.21).

Removed from [[Developers/Maintainers]].
Someone should just do the same at bugzilla.



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Re: LevelUp (sequel to "What do you want to learn?" & 20% time) [ In reply to ]
On 11/21/2012 07:10 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
> LevelUp is a mentorship program that will start in January 2013 and that
> replaces the "20% time" policy
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_20%25_policy for
> Wikimedia Foundation engineers. Technical contributors, volunteer or
> staff, have the opportunity to participate; see
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/LevelUp for more details.
>
> We started 20% time to ensure that Wikimedia Foundation engineers would
> spend at least 20% of each week on tasks that directly serve the
> Wikimedia developer and user community, including bug triage, code
> review, extension review, documentation, urgent bugfixes, and so on. It
> had various flaws. 1 day every week, I made people task-switch and it
> got in the way of their deadlines, and it was perceived as a chore that
> always needed doing.
>
> It felt like enforcing a rota to do the dishes. So instead, let's build
> a dishwasher. :-) We can cross-train each other and fill in the empty
> rows on the maintainership table
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developers/Maintainers so our whole
> community gains the capacity to get stuff done faster.
>
> If you've been frustrated because of code review delays, I want you to
> sign up for LevelUp -- by March 2013 you could be a comaintainer of a
> codebase and be merging and improving other people's patchsets, which
> will give them more time and incentive to merge yours. :-)
>
> When I asked what people wanted to learn, I got a variety of responses
> -- including "MediaWiki in general", "puppet", "networking", and "JS,
> PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL" -- all of which you can learn through LevelUp.
> When I asked how you wanted to learn, all of you said you wanted
> real-life, hands-on work with mentors who could answer your questions.
> Here you go. :-)
>
> I won't be starting the matchmaking process in earnest till I come back
> from the Thanksgiving break on Monday, but I will reply to talk page
> messages and emails then. :-)

Sorry for the delay on this. I am doing matchmaking now -- I have
started off with the people who had already contacted me to tell me what
they are interested in learning or teaching for January-March 2013.
I'll put matches or people awaiting matching down in
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/LevelUp/Q1_2013 ; I'm
maintaining that page so please let me add you.

You can sign up now by emailing me and telling me what you'd like to
learn or teach. I can't absolutely guarantee you that I can match you
with someone, but the probability is very high.

--
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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