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Re: "What is the Fedora Project?"





On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 11:48 PM, John Poelstra <poelstra redhat com> wrote:
Gregory Zysk said the following on 10/12/2009 06:55 AM Pacific Time:

> Dear F-a-b,
>
> Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gregory Zysk and I am a new
> member to the Fedora community who is interested in the strategic
> management/leadership of Fedora. Please take the time to view my wiki here:
>
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Gmzysk

Welcome to Fedora!

>> Thanks John :)


> As I am quite new, I am not sure about the prior work that has been done
> to define the question of "What is the Fedora Project?" but from my
> personal experiences so far every user and contributor view this
> question in their own way (i.e People person vs. packager/developer, etc)
>
> I believe in order to truly form a strategy for growth and target a
> specific user segment, we need apply some research internally and
> externally. If not applied already, as a form of Organizational
> Development, one can start with measuring the needs and values of a
> contributor through sampling. We can reciprocate this process for all
> positions within Fedora and then move to the outside of the organization
> to sample a group of "external" users. For instance, those who use other
> open source distros, proprietary OS's and the like (This can be
> accomplished through surveys or focus groups on-line or off-line at for
> example Fedora events). Once we gain this data, we can begin to measure
> these needs and values to that of Fedora's needs and values (at a
> management/leadership level) to see if they are in alignment. One can
> also view this as aligned resources for strategic fit.

Long term I think these could be useful things to do, many of which could be done in parallel with our ongoing releases.  Short term we find ourselves a month away from releasing the 12th release of Fedora with work on the 13th release already starting.  There isn't really time to freeze everything to research these things nor a lot of people with background or experience doing what you have suggested.  Some work has been done by the marketing team so that could be a good place to work on these things.

>>> Agreed. It would definitely be a long term process. 

> I believe once we get some solid data, then we can start to forecast and
> plan for strategic development which in turn can be used to steer the
> marketing team and the ambassadors in the way we would like to position
> ourselves at events, as well as the open source market.
>
> Once again, since I am new, I am not sure if this has been brought up
> before, but nonetheless, I believe I can help a great deal in regards to
> this topic and overall organizational management, development and
> planning.  I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.
>

You might want to subscribe to "logistics"[1] list and watch the "F12 Beta Release Readiness" meeting tomorrow at 19:00 UTC in #fedora-meeting.  The overall organizational management and planning is fairly informal and works better than most people think at first glance :)

>>> I have subscribed to this group and will try to be present at the meeting this evening.

>>> Thanks again for your help and suggestions!!! :)

John

[1] https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/logistics


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