To see the updates, please join our team on ‘Plane’ (I’ve just sent an invitation to your email) to view the tasks assigned to me and others at FOSS United. Also, you can view the past tasks on GitHub [inactive now].
Most of my tasks are dependent on various other people.
I work on multiple things, big or small:
FOSS Clubs: This is the latest big program of FOSS United. We need some time before we can come up with a solid roadmap. Each club has unique challenges since we are giving them the liberty to run their clubs in their own way. We just posted this: FOSS Clubs - Plans Ahead .
CityFOSS Conference and Monthly meetups: I’m talking to the city chapter leads and helping them with their queries over Telegram. I understand that we can bring those conversations here as well, but most of the organizers are inexperienced and have social anxiety about discussing in public. This is a major issue we need to take into account if we want to work with them. With the platform coming, we’ll have to spend less time on CityFOSS events and monthly meetups, and we can focus more on the FOSS Clubs.
FOSS Awards: I feel I tried to plan the FOSS Awards in a very short period of time and thus failed to execute it. I’m having a discussion tomorrow with a couple of volunteers to take ownership of it. We’ll post the plans on the forum.
Industry Partnership: This year was an experiment for us to see how it goes. We hired a full-time person, but it didn’t work out, and we couldn’t deliver the partnership deck on multiple deadlines. Finally, we have it ready for feedback - [Draft] Industry Partnership Deck for 2024 . Once we get green signal from the community, we will start reaching out the previous partners and potentials partners.
Writing: I’m starting an article series called 'FOSS for Bharat’ . I was planning to announce it once I post it on a self-hosted instance of Ghost (thanks, @mangesh_x0, for volunteering to host it). The other half, I will spend on the community work I mentioned above and on accounting work. I would try to post at least one article per months initially and will try to increase the frequency. I would like to spend half of my time researching and writing about FOSS and evangelizing it through this article series.
There are various open-ended discussions, such as the ‘Season of Commit’, which I believe need to be owned and managed by someone.
P.S - One of my goals would be to keep encouraging the rest of the team to have more discussions happening on the forum.
Also, please let me know if you are referring any specific task which I might be missing here.
A lot of these tasks seem overwhelming and open ended. On the whole, I am thinking it might be a good idea to present a quarterly plan on the forum and then make monthly updates against those plans. Maybe we can do this for Jan-March?
A lesson I learnt as a manager all these years is that measuring the outcome matters, not the efforts. So when you make a plan, make a plan for outcomes - everyone should have full autonomy over what they are planning to execute and then share the outcomes.
Another thing that has worked is a monthly cadence of reporting contributions. Maybe each staff member should do a monthly write up of their contributions. More than accountability, it will give you a framework to judge whether your own efforts are showing results.
I would also suggest to have weekly catch-up calls starting next month for the working team. Most of our interns work in remote mode. There should be a window for the team to come together once a week and catch-up with each other.
Having a catch-up call setup would help in getting updates, understanding blockers and solving etc.,
We could find a suitable time, a duration of one hour would do, and post updates in forum after each catch-up.
Public deploy is possible now for each project, as @mangesh_x0 shared for the platform and city chapters. Same could be done for other projects as well.
For issues that needn’t be involved in a project can be made individually or miscellaneous. We can make such deploys for each quarter starting from January.