How to Write a Good ‘Open’ Task

The act of creating tasks in an open repository is not itself an invitation to get involved. Lets be honest about the ‘types of tasks’ we’re creating, and then just design properly for those we intend for participation. In Whistler earlier this year, we gathered together a group of code contributors to better understand what[…]

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My Volunteer Opportunities this Heartbeat

I am returning from a couple of weeks away: rested and super-energized about what’s coming next for the Participation Team and community leadership. Based on research in the last two heartbeats we have now have an v.1 of Participation Leadership Framework, and we’re fired up and ready to go for the next three weeks developing[…]

Participation Leadership Framework 0.1

In the last heartbeat, as part of our Q3 goals for leadership development,  I interviewed a diverse set of people across Mozilla, asking what they think the skills, knowledge and attitudes of effective Participation Leadership at Mozilla are.  Two things really stood out during this process.  The first was how many people (staff, contributors and[…]

Foundations of Mozilla – My Heartbeat Update & Volunteer Opportunities

Saying I’m excited about the Participation Team’s goals for the remainder of the year would be an understatement.  And I’m especially excited about the emphasis on community leaders and the development of leadership curriculum that I’m working on. I thought I would write a quick post to provide insight into the work I’m starting this[…]

Personas for Participation

For a few months now,   I’ve been slowly identifying, and compiling a set of Participation Personas to help me, and hopefully others build quality contribution experiences for people, representing various stages in their Participation journey at Mozilla. In addition to the Persona ‘stories’, I’m insisting that  a number of ‘lenses’ need  be applied if[…]

Participation is my co-pilot … in space!

Whistler was an exciting and productive week for the Participation Team (which included volunteers).  We learned  a lot about ourselves, our team,  the expectations of the project and  perhaps most importantly – the Participation goals  of nearly 30 teams at Mozilla. The experience reinforced the value of volunteers and volunteer communities at large, magnified by[…]