|question: what do you do with an ex fedora project leader?
||[Mar. 10th, 2008|08:07 pm]
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.