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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Shepherds for podling reports
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 12:09:06 GMT
On 2 May 2012 12:50, Franklin, Matthew B. <> wrote:
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Ross Gardler []


>>Looking a little further forward i.e. not suggesting this initial
>>small step should be transformed into a larger step but rather looking
>>at what the next small step might be...
>>I'd like to revisit the idea of grouping projects, e.g. big data,
>>content, semantic, social etc. I imagine that people willing to be
>>Shepherds will also have specific areas of interest. I imagine that
>>shepherds would get more value from their time, and projects would get
>>more cross-community feedback, if try to match shepherds to projects.
>>For example, as a mentor on Wookie I'm interested in the progress of,
>>and potential for collaboration with, Wave. My interest isn't
>>sufficiently strong for me to dive into the dev list, but I'd
>>certainly be willing to help the IPMC and myself by Shepherding that
>>projects reports periodically.
> The only (small) issue with bucketing podlings is what do we do when one fits in more
than one category?  I think the idea would be useful in general, so long as we clearly define
the rules for cross-cutting projects (ie they exist in both, they choose one, etc)

I don't imagine the "bucketing" to be enshrined in written process, or
even be fixed. More of a convenience. We might do it by, for example,
asking Shepherds to identify the projects they would *prefer* to
shepherd and why. To continue my example above I might say "I have an
interest in any social related podling so I would prefer to shepherd
Wave which is one such project I'm not a mentor on". Someone else
might say "I'm really interested in communications protocols and so I
will shepherd Wave".

I'm not suggesting formality, just a semblance of structure. I think
the best way to proceed is to get out list of shepherds, do a couple
of months and then discuss whether this proposed next step will add
anything to the process. My goal is to have more cross-community
awareness in the incubator projects as I've observed that those
projects that have someone actively seeking relationships tend to
build critical mass sooner. My proposed approach is only one thing
that might help in this regard.



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