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From hareendra seneviratne <hareend...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: New mentoring activities
Date Wed, 15 Dec 2010 04:05:39 GMT
Hi,

I recently graduated in MIS and willing to learn and contribute to the
community as a Software Engineer. From where can I start? What are the
projects or opportunuies available for me?

More friendly faces and some guidance needed. :)
On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM, Ross Gardler <rgardler@apache.org> wrote:

> On 14/12/2010 12:11, florent andré wrote:
>
>> Hi Ross,
>>
>> I'm interested in for the Lenya project.
>>
>> But I'm just a commiter and I ask myself if I can be a mentor for such a
>> program ?
>>
>> For sure, I could be a "friendly face" ! :)
>>
>
> "just a committer"? That means you know how the project works and have
> commit access to the repo, so yes, you are certainly able to be a mentor.
> Being a "friendly face" is a significant bonus.
>
> Ross
>
>
>
>> cced dev@lenya
>> ++
>>
>> On 12/14/2010 10:25 AM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>>
>>> Below is the text of a mail I sent to the PMCs last night. Copied here
>>> for information:
>>>
>>> Over the next few weeks your project may be approached by students
>>> participating in a European Commission funded project called OpenSE [1].
>>> These students will be looking for GSoC style mentors in open source
>>> projects.
>>>
>>> The headline info you need is:
>>>
>>> * Mentors will not need to commit as much time as they do to GSoC
>>>
>>> * The student/mentor relationship should be largely the same as any
>>> other relationship with someone new to your project
>>>
>>> * Students will, in general, work on existing issues in your project,
>>> but some may come with their own ideas
>>>
>>> * All work by the student should be managed and recorded using your
>>> projects normal workflow
>>>
>>> * Students will not be full time on the project
>>>
>>> * Students will not be paid
>>>
>>> * Students will have external support from teachers and teaching
>>> assistants
>>>
>>> The key message for your project community is that this activity should
>>> present minimal additional overhead to your normal community support
>>> activities.
>>>
>>> Having said that, there are a few additional, but small, tasks we ask
>>> you to perform during the course of a mentored project:
>>>
>>> * acknowledge your agreement to mentor a student
>>>
>>> * provide a brief evaluation of the students activities half way through
>>> the project cycle (around 6 weeks in most cases)
>>>
>>> * provide a brief evaluation of the students activities at the end of
>>> the project cycle (around 12 weeks in most cases)
>>>
>>> Each of these activities is recorded in a JIRA issue in the ComDev
>>> project. This issue will be created by the student during the
>>> application process.
>>>
>>> It is important to stress that we are not asking mentors to take any
>>> responsibility for the success of the students work. All we ask is that
>>> you act as a "friendly face" within your community and provide brief
>>> evaluations as described above.
>>>
>>> Unlike in GSoC these students will (in most cases) be doing this work as
>>> part of their formal education. All students will have external tutors
>>> and teaching assistants helping them. Therefore, you should only need to
>>> help them with their direct contributions to your project (design, code
>>> review, applying patches etc.)
>>>
>>> Unlike in GSoC students will not be working full time on their projects
>>> and thus the overhead on mentors will be considerably less.
>>>
>>> The Community Development project is encouraging and supporting this
>>> activity in an attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach to
>>> helping students understand open source development whilst bringing some
>>> valued patches to our projects.
>>>
>>> You can find some more information about the mentoring programme (which
>>> will evolve in response to experiences and feedback in this experiment)
>>> at http://community.apache.org/mentoringprogramme.html
>>>
>>> If you have any questions please mail dev@community.apache.org (or if
>>> you explicitly want to seek out students for your project).
>>>
>>> If you agree to mentor a student all we ask is that you also subscribe
>>> to the dev@community.apache.org list (it's low traffic) and touch base
>>> with us now and again to let us know how things are going.
>>>
>>> Ross
>>> On behalf of the Community Development Project
>>>
>>> [1] http://opense.net/
>>>
>>
>

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