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succession planning [Dec. 12th, 2007|03:52 pm]
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The Fedora Project Leader job has a natural lifecycle to it.

I began my time in this role in February of 2006, about 1 month before Fedora Core 5 was released. Now we are about one month after Fedora 8's release, and the topic of succession planning is very much on my mind.

After two years and four releases of Fedora, I would like to be able to do some other things related to Fedora and/or Red Hat while allowing someone else to assume the "Fedora Project Leader" responsibilities.

The holidays will get in the way of this process a little bit, but in the coming months, it is our goal to identify who can be my successor as the Fedora Project Leader. The Fedora Project Leader is a full-time Red Hat position, and so we need to go through a full interview process, etc.

None of this is being done ad-hoc or randomly. The Fedora Board is part of the process, as is Red Hat's CTO and other managers within the engineering organization and human resources.

It is unusual, to say the least, for an announcement like this to even be made in public. Due to Fedora's belief in transparency, the other members of the Fedora Board and I believe that a statement like this one is the right thing to do, and I wanted to make sure that it was in my own words.

For the moment, there is not much else to say, because it is going to take a while for all of this to be sorted out. There will be a transition period built in, and nothing is going to be done without plenty of advance notice and without the buy-in of both myself and the Fedora Board.

I also want to make it absolutely clear that all of this is completely voluntary -- it is my idea, it is initiated by me, and I have brought the Fedora Board and other Red Hat VIPs into the discussion because a decision like this requires their input.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the Fedora Project Leader. I am not going anywhere for a while, but I wanted to let the community know what is going on, and what to expect in the next few months.
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[User Picture]From: gafton
2007-12-12 09:48 pm (UTC)

Reading into the future...

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Hey Max, I know where the previous two Fedora Project Leaders have ended up... :-)
[User Picture]From: spevack
2007-12-12 10:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Reading into the future...

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If you want to go in order of Fedora Project Leaders, Greg should be next on your list!
From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-12 10:16 pm (UTC)

Let me say...

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Well Max... thank you !

We all know it is a normal process for a leader to retire, we talked about it with JoergSimon on FAD. However, when a good leader is going away, it sounds as a bad news :( I'm very happy for you if you find something better for you than leading us (what a pain it should have been sometimes :) ), but in my head you'll stay as my top Fedora Project Leader. Cheers ! Hope to see you again, and thanks to be honnest with us !

MrTom - Thomas Canniot
[User Picture]From: spevack
2007-12-12 10:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Let me say...

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I will still be doing the Fedora Project Leader job for a while longer. This process is just beginning! But thank you very much for your nice words, they mean a lot to me.

Edited at 2007-12-12 10:40 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: avatraxiom
2007-12-12 10:24 pm (UTC)

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Wow, gee. You've been by far the most visible Fedora Project Leader. And really, you've been the best, probably, too. I hope somebody equally capable takes your place!

-Max
From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-13 12:37 am (UTC)

You know....

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it will be hard to fill your shoes. I've seen a lot of Project Leaders come and go in this community and finding someone with your grace, humor, tact, diplomacy, and Damn Fine Leadership won't be easy.
[User Picture]From: spevack
2007-12-13 12:40 am (UTC)

Re: You know....

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Thank you. A comment like that is very, very appreciated.
From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-13 02:03 am (UTC)

Thankyou.. it is a hard job but someone had to do it.

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Thanks for doing this work.. I know it is a mostly thankless job in that lots of people outside of Red Hat have no idea what is going on. It has burnt out every person before you, and I am very happy to see someone able to stay just crispy versus charcoal. Good luck with your future work at Red Hat.

I wonder if people could put their hat in the ring.. I mean would it mean I ahem I mean some random outside candidate would have to move back to NC? Anyway.. good luck to whoever gets the job. Its a hard but admirable job.
From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-13 02:05 am (UTC)

Re: Thankyou.. it is a hard job but someone had to do it.

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signed Smooge.. who cant remember to sign his name sometimes... well it could be me or any other 'dog' out there on the internet.
[User Picture]From: spevack
2007-12-13 03:21 am (UTC)

Re: Thankyou.. it is a hard job but someone had to do it.

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Thanks for the kind words, Smooge. Much appreciated.
From: jayson_r
2007-12-13 01:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks for all you've done!

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Max - just wanted to drop a note to say thanks for all you have done to make Fedora what it is today! Like others have said, I'm sure your shoes are going to be hard to fill, but I'm sure you can find the right person.

Best of luck in what you pursue next (at least it will be Red Hat/Fedora related), and please stay active in the community! I'd hate to see you disappear after this is all over with. I've never met you but I feel I know you, with all the interviews and videos of you speaking out there. From everything I've seen you have represented both Fedora and Red Hat very well, and I know you are a large part of making Fedora the great Linux Distribution that it is. Thanks again for everything you do!
From: rahulsundaram
2007-12-16 01:27 pm (UTC)

Good job

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Nobody is perfect and my share of complaints have certainly reached your inbox but you have done a good job leading Fedora through a very challenging period and while I have been skeptical at times, Fedora is today much better off thanks in part to you and many many other contributors.

Good luck on what you plan to do going ahead. I am curious.
From: rharrison.wordpress.com
2007-12-18 09:38 am (UTC)

Thank you

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I realized I was writing so much in my reply to this post I should make it a blog post of my own.

http://rharrison.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/thanks-max/

I've been using the progress under your watch as an example of how Open Source is supposed to work every chance I get in my job.

You have much to be proud of.
From: (Anonymous)
2007-12-21 04:43 am (UTC)

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You've done a wonderful job. Fedora is much better off now than it used to be. It got better and better with each release (the jury is still out on the air balloons though :p). I would like to also thank you for your well stated answers to the critics of Fedora. Under your leadership Fedora has set off on the right path. Let us hope that your replacement continues the transition and that Fedora continues to improve. Good luck on everything and thank you for your hard work, we all really do appreciate it.