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A replacement plan/document is a great community resource, even when you’re not being replaced.

A year ago, as the role of RDO community manager at Red Hat was moving from one person to another, that team started thinking about what needs to be in place to effectively transition a role. More generally, the managers started thinking about planning, and documenting, for anyone's eventual replacement.

This Open Source Summit EU presentation, from CentOS Community Manager Rich Bowen, RDO Community Manager Rain Leander, and Persea Consulting's Mary Thengvall talks about what worked, what didn’t, and what had unexpected benefits for the larger community.

Image from tableatny via CC BY 2.0 license.

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Brian Proffitt is a Manager within Red Hat's Open Source Program Office, focusing on content generation, community metrics, and special projects. Brian's experience with community management includes knowledge of community onboarding, community health, and business alignment. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2014, he was a technology journalist with a focus on Linux and open source, and the author of 22 consumer technology books. 

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