[openstack-dev] [PTLs][all][mentoring] Mentors needed in specific technical areas

Mike Perez thingee at gmail.com
Wed May 25 16:53:01 UTC 2016

On 19:12 May 24, Augustina Ragwitz wrote:
> >> On 12:54 May 24, Augustina Ragwitz wrote:
> >> Hi Emily,
> >>
> >> I'm the Nova Mentoring Czar and we have a Wiki page with a list of
> >> projects that would be good for new contributors:
> >> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Nova/Mentoring
> >>
> >> For Nova, I'd encourage potential contributors to get involved with a
> >> specific project so that mentoring can happen organically. Interested
> >> folks are more than welcome to reach out to me, preferably by email.
> >
> > There's an assumption here that all projects have things in place
> > to begin
> > mentoring people. With the people we've spoken to, sometimes just
> > reaching on
> > IRC gave no answers. This is actually matching people to
> > someone who has
> > knowledge and is interested/has time to mentor. Even if a match
> > can't be made
> > right away, communication is made. First impressions with on
> > boarding is key.
> >
> > --
> > Mike Perez
> I'm a little confused by your response. I wasn't making any assumptions
> or intending to criticize this mentorship program. I understood that
> Emily had highlighted gaps in certain technical areas, of which Nova is
> one. In recognition of the challenges faced by new contributors, the
> Nova team had a session at the Newton Design Summit where we discussed
> ideas on how to address these challenges within our own team. One
> outcome of this session is that I volunteered for the role of Mentoring
> Czar. When I saw Emily's original post, I thought this information might
> be relevant. My intention is to share our resources for new contributors
> and present myself as a contact point so this information could be
> provided to participants in the mentorship program that don't have
> mentors assigned. In fact, if other projects do have things in place for
> new contributors, it would probably be helpful if they also provided
> this information to the mentorship program.
> Again, my intention was not to criticize and I think any effort to
> encourage new contributors is a good thing. I apologize if my original
> response suggested otherwise.

You're right Augustina. I took your response of "potential contributors to get
involved with a specific project so that mentoring can happen organically" out
of context from just the scope of Nova. Apologies for the confusion.

Mike Perez

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