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From Marvin Humphrey <>
Subject Re: Incubator report sign-off
Date Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:12:20 GMT
On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM, Rich Bowen <> wrote:
> I noted in my comments on the recent Incubator board report that I am
> concerned, month after month, at the number of podlings that have no mentor
> sign-off at all, as well as the ones where a minority of the mentors
> sign-off.

Thanks, Rich!  Thoughtful, constructive feedback like this from a Board member
reviewing our report will help the Incubator improve as a project.  Wouldn't
it be great if we could provide such feedback more consistently to podlings
when they go to the trouble of preparing their own reports?  Every report is an
opportunity to open a conversation...

> But I wonder if we might, as the Board does, reject reports that have no
> sign-off, and force projects to report again the following month, in an
> attempt to require them to engage with their mentor(s) a little more? This
> seems like a small, easily reversible, step, that has a good chance of
> achieving something.

(Adapting my response from the private list...)

+1 to reject reports where not a single Mentor has signed off and to require
the podling to report next month.

The mechanism we use for this is to have the Report Manager edit
content/podlings.xml add the "monthly" attribute to the metadata for the
relevant podlings podlings.  Such tasks are documented in

Unfortunately manual XML editing is fiddly and it's easy to either fail to add
or fail to remove, but the system is better than it was before.

Marvin Humphrey

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