Refining MOTU Mentoring

Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at
Tue Aug 21 09:29:34 BST 2007

Hello everybody,

I thought some more about the topic after various discussions with
people. In my opinion mentoring as in one-on-one time is a highly
valuable effort. 

When trying to define the purpose and role of mentors we should try to
make sure that these highly valuable efforts are not in vain or not as
straight-forward as they could be.

Some things we would generally like to see happening:
      * Contributors should use the 'official sponsoring process' as
        soon as possible.
      * Contributors should ask their questions on the mentoring list,
        in Q&A sessions, or in the MOTU channel.
      * We should aim to factor the answers to questions into MOTU
        documentation or link them in more prominent places. We should
        aim to have a documentation QA process.

Things we know already:

      * Learning packaging takes time and a lot of trial and error.

Having said that, we should try to find out how to make best use of the
one-on-one time mentors can offer to their assigned contributors.

In my opinion the time is best spent to make new contributors
comfortable with the processes, people and some tools. The general
review and Q&A we should be done by the complete MOTU team for a couple
of reasons:

      * New contributors get to know a lot of different people - that's
      * New contributors get more input from various people.
      * We are able to process much more contributors as a team.

With these efforts new contributors should also spend less time in the
mentoring slots.

I'd appreciate your input on this.

Have a nice day,

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