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question: what do you do with an ex fedora project leader? [Mar. 10th, 2008|08:07 pm]
Max
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Short Answer: Send him off on some sort of foreign assignment where he can't get in the new guy's way. :)

Long Answer: March 1 is a very important day at Red Hat, because it marks the start of the new fiscal year. For those of us in Fedora-land who receive paychecks from Red Hat, the month of February is filled with goal-setting, budgeting, and job description changes, as everyone from the CEO on down plans what the coming year will look like.

For Fedora, this has been an ongoing process. Everyone knows that last month I handed the Fedora Project Leader reins over to Paul Frields, and that Tom Callaway has accepted a new position as Fedora Engineering Manager. Also in December Jack Aboutboul agreed to expand his part-time Fedora job into a full-time position, some of which involves sweet-talking his way into NASA.

All three of those jobs were to some degree or another related to me working with Red Hat to transition out of the Fedora Project Leader job, because it allowed us to make an honest inventory of the things that I was very heavily involved in, and the things that I wasn't sufficiently involved in but that we felt needed stronger leadership. If nothing else, my time in the Fedora Project Leader job proved that there was more work there than one person could possibly do, and Red Hat recognized that and did a great job of increasing Fedora's staffing.

Given all of that context, Greg DeKoenigsberg and I have been working with our new CEO and other executives to give Red Hat's community building efforts a specifically defined mission and budget. This has taken the form of the Community Architecture team.

One of the specific mandates of the Community Architecture team is to give proper respect and attention to the global nature of our community -- both in Fedora, but also for all of Red Hat. One of the things that our mapping project has proven visually is that the Fedora community in Europe has a huge user base, and that a significant percentage of Fedora's overall contributions originate from there. All of this despite the fact that we have never really had a focused community leader in that region. We have often wondered how much more the European Fedora community could achieve with a dedicated community leader, resources, and budget.

I am very excited, flattered, and humbled to have been given the opportunity to work directly on that challenge. Red Hat has offered me the opportunity to relocate to Europe for a while, and lead all of the Fedora and RH community efforts over there. The goal is to be mostly moved prior to LinuxTag at the end of May, and to bring any remaining stuff with me after FUDCon, in late June. I've had the pleasure of meeting a good number of our European contributors, and it will be great to work more closely with them full-time.

It has been a fairly open secret (depending on where you hang out) for a little while now that this was in the works, but at this point it's real enough that I feel comfortable telling the larger Fedora community about it.

For those of you who want all the details of exactly what I'll be doing, I refer you to my personal goals and team goals for the coming year.

Regardless of which manager has done my performance review, since my first day working on Fedora I have believed that I am accountable first to the Fedora community. Now that accountability rests in particular with our European community, and I promise that I will keep working hard, and not disappoint you.

I suppose I should include a link to this page in German, French, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish.
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[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2008-03-11 02:01 am (UTC)
Noooooooo!!!!!!

I mean... congratulations. Damn! Um... Yay? ;)

(I think what I'm saying is I'm happy for you, if you're happy, but not so happy for us....)

Please keep in touch - we'll let you know when we're in Austria, and you'll have to come visit.
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[User Picture]From: spevack
2008-03-11 02:20 am (UTC)
I'll be in Raleigh about once a quarter, so you'll still see me at the occasional Red Hat soccer game. And I'm not going anywhere for a little while yet, but thanks for the kind words. Obviously it's very exciting, but part of me is also sad to be leaving all of the great friends I have in Raleigh.

Now instead of just being Somewhat Awful at soccer, I'll be Truly Horrific at football. :-P
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[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2008-03-11 11:51 am (UTC)
So we need to get you a jersey that says Kiat! :D
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-11 12:38 pm (UTC)

Good luck!

Hey Max,

Just wanted to say good luck, and that it will be super having you here in Europe! Hopefully I'll get a chance to meet you and other European Fedora contributors at some events in the not too distant future :)

Best,

JonRob
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From: rharrison10
2008-03-11 10:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Good luck!

Wow that's close. We'll have to get all the Fedora folks in the Triangle together before you go to send you off proper. I'll buy the first beer.
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From: ext_84856
2008-03-11 01:49 pm (UTC)

Unleash the news!

Max, this has been a very exciting development over the past few months, and I'm overjoyed you will be working for Fedora in this new capacity. The respect you've earned as FPL will be put to good use in helping the Ambassador community in Europe create new opportunities for Fedora and increased appeal for contributors worldwide.

Anything I'm able to achieve as FPL comes directly from standing on the shoulders of giants like yourself. You continue to do a huge amount for the whole Fedora community, you're an enormous credit to Red Hat as an employee, and I'll continue, as always, to look to you for sage advice and take joy in our friendship even though you're across the pond. The great thing about jobs like ours is distance is seldom a limiting factor, so I look forward to helping you achieve your goals in your new job!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-11 04:46 pm (UTC)

Great news!

Outstanding! Best of luck to you, I'm sure you'll do a great job.

~ Lisa
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From: ugolini
2008-03-11 05:01 pm (UTC)
Great! It's a pleasure to hear such news :)

I'll hope to meet you soon (unfortunately, due to exams, I will not able to join LinuxTag but i hope to be present in other future events).
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