Max (spevack) wrote,

calling for backup

It seems pretty clear that not enough time is being spent on managing the pipeline of FUDCons and FADs worldwide, and that pain is most acutely felt by Ambassadors.

This is an area that is critically important to Fedora and Red Hat, and I am ultimately accountable for. That said, I'm fooling myself if I believe that I can magically make more hours appear in my day, or somehow reduce the other demands on my time or my team's time. We're stretched thin, it's showing, and it needs to be fixed.

As such, it's time to get some help, but it's going to have to be done in a phased approach. I don't have a magic wand that I can simply wave to create new full-time positions. But I do some discretionary budget and the ability to get some part-time help.

This is not a formal job description, but rather me trying to think out loud about what one might look like. I could see it being a rotating role, as well, though it would have to be on something like a yearly basis, since I think the learning curve is somewhat steep.

Time commitment: 15 hours per week on average (sometimes more, sometimes less).

Goal: Be accountable for the planning and execution of 4 FUDCons per calendar year (one each in NA, LATAM, EMEA, and India/APAC) and at least 20 FADs per calendar year, and do so while using standard open source community best practices.

Responsibilities: By working in and with the Fedora community, be accountable for the organization of Premier Fedora Events worldwide. Ensure that a calendar exists that is used for planning, based upon the FUDCon organization process and the FAD organization process. When applicable, work with local Fedora contributors who will be attending the event or helping to organize the event. If you do all the work yourself, you are doing it wrong! Drive communication to the fudcon-planning list, appropriate wiki pages, or other venues (such as Planet Fedora and Fedora Weekly News. Hold IRC meetings, and ensure that events are organized transparently, according to process, on schedule, and within the budget allocated.

Skills: You have been around Fedora for a while. You know who people are, you know how to get around, and you know how to get things done. You have superb attention to detail, and you like working with people remotely and all over the world. You are patient, cheerful, and optimistic. You can help others get organized and get things done.

Do you think this is a good idea? What would you change about this? Etc.
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