FEDORA AMBASSADORS. (Was: Slow actions? Time to move on!)
gdk at redhat.com
Wed Nov 16 18:42:10 UTC 2005
Kudos to David Barzilay on his impatience about Fedora Marketing efforts.
My comments inline below:
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On Wed, 16 Nov 2005, Stuart Ellis wrote:
> I think that processes in themselves don't get things done...
> Ultimately, things happen when a small group of people have a common
> goal, and do whatever turns out to be necessary to make it happen. The
> processes and infrastructure tend to follow after, e.g there is now a
> mailing list for Websites because enough people became committed to the
> idea of sorting out Fedora's Web presence.
This is exactly right. PMI ideals are great, but they are secondary.
Leadership comes first. I haven't had much time to participate; I've been
mostly an observer, with some items on my plate, but mostly my focus has
been on other things. That's about to change.
> One way would be start with five or six concrete goals that have
> support, and then go from there, e.g. "Have a Fedora presence at every
> major Linux event in 2006".
I have come to believe that the marketing list, as useful a forum as it is
for exchanging ideas, is not a project, has not been a project, and will
not be a project. If someone wants to step up to lead Fedora Marketing as
a project, I'm happy to be proven wrong. But for now, realistically: it's
a mailing list.
Fedora Ambassadors, on the other hand, has CLEAR AND QUANTIFIABLE GOALS:
* HAVE A PRESENCE AT EVERY LINUX EVENT WORLDWIDE IN 2006. That means:
+ Know where the events are and document them on the wiki.
+ Match up at least one Ambassador to every one of those events.
+ Make sure that every one of those Ambassadors has what they need
to represent Fedora: a good message, DVDs, schwag, signage... and
ideally, in the future, ca$h to make things happen.
* REPRESENT FEDORA LOCALLY. That means:
+ Getting Fedora installed on systems.
+ Going to your local LUG/school/church/whatever and representing
+ Spreading the word about Fedora in ANY WAY YOU SEE FIT.
+ Keeping the other ambassadors up-to-date on your doings.
To further those goals, we need:
* A chair. For now, Alex Maier is it, because she has put together the
past two FUDCons, essentially by herself. If there are disagreements,
join the Ambassadors project, and let's discuss it.
* A steering committee. This should be the group of people who (a)
(a) can meet every week or two, (b) can take action items and
*complete* them, and (c) can attend events and act as the exemplars
of the Ambassador program generally. Therefore: let me announce the
official formation of the Fedora Ambassadors Project Management
Committee. If you want to be part of this committee, please let
* Work items on a standing agenda. What do we need to do *every week*?
Extras and Docs both have this, and have been very successful in
driving these agendas.
* A weekly meeting. Where we hold one another accountable, *every
week*. Extras and Docs both have this, and they've been effective.
Time zone is an issue, particularly for a worldwide ambassador
program. For now, we've got a meeting time, but I think that we
may want to alternate meeting times to suit different geos.
So. If this approach makes sense to you, then join the Ambassadors
program RIGHT NOW:
2. PUT YOUR NAME ON THE WIKI!
3. BE AT OUR FIRST IRC MEETING!
WHERE: irc.freenode.net, channel #fedora-mktg.
WHEN: Thursday 17 November. 16:00 UTC, 11:00 Eastern US time.
(Your timezone: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html)
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