2. As the team or project leader, pay extra attention to the basic mechanics of good meeting and project management. The importance of agendas, role clarification, project charters, action items, and documentation all magnify when leading a virtual team. For a one hour conference call, expect to spend 4X the time in “administrative” preparation and follow-up.
“What many people don’t realize is that the bikeshed effect is, in fact, a form of procrastination. And it can suck in highly technical developers, along with everyone else.”
9. Learn how to lead meetings. Meetings are where we “show up” as a leader. Like presentation skills, there’s a science to meeting management that can be learned. And honing your meeting leadership skills helps you become a better meeting participant. Ask a skilled trainer to teach you "facilitation" (how to lead a discussion) skills.
This year, let’s try something different! I posted a rough draft of our organization application on the Gentoo wiki, in hopes that we can all work together to improve it over the next week. Applications are due starting March 9, and earlier is better. Here’s a list of questions that you can help answer:
- Why is your group applying to participate? What do you hope to gain by participating?
- What criteria do you use to select the members of your group? Please be as specific as possible.
- Has your group participated previously? If so, please summarize your involvement and any past successes and failures.
- What questions/requests do we want in our application template for students, in addition to the GSoC application?
- What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
- What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
- What steps will you take to encourage contributors to interact with your community before, during, and after the program?
- What will you do to ensure that your accepted contributors stick with the project after the program concludes?
Go to the wiki, and help Gentoo’s application rock!