New model for the mentoring program
norsetto at ubuntu.com
Tue Jul 15 10:36:50 BST 2008
the current mentoring program has been in place for about one year.
During this time several shortcomings of this model have become evident,
especially as the number of new contributors grow. The alternative sponsoring
model is also felt quite inadequate, especially for new contributors and
contributors which are on their way to motuship.
What is evident today, is that:
- Some MOTU have weaknesses in certain skill areas
- Those potential contributors who are not self-starters aren't getting
- There is an insufficient number of volunteers to act as Mentors
- There is an insufficient number of volunteers to teach MOTU School classes
- Many existing contributors have difficulty reaching a sufficient skill level
to apply for MOTU
With the introduction of the ubuntu-universe-contributors team, it is finally
time that we implement the new structure, as we already discussed in  and
Our proposal is to split the Mentoring program into two parts:
- a program to help new contributors who wish personal attention when starting
- a program to help established contributors who wish personal guidance when
applying for motuship
Furthermore, stronger ties with the current MOTU School program will be
All participants in the Mentoring program will be expected to attend MOTU
School sessions, and those not in regular attendance may no longer be
eligible for Mentoring.
All contributors alike are expected to take an active role in preparing and
giving sessions on fields where they are particularly experienced, as well as
in general Q&A sessions.
The new program is detailed in:
Before finally implementing this change, we would like to hear from you, MOTU
and contributors alike, if you have any remaining objections or comment.
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