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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "IncubatorShepherds" by MarvinHumphrey
Date Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:58:29 GMT
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The "IncubatorShepherds" page has been changed by MarvinHumphrey:

Encourage novices.  Remove list, since it's tracked in shepherds.json now.

+ Incubator shepherds are volunteers who review podling reports.  They typically take on 1-3
projects per month; each review takes about 15 minutes, or more if some follow up is required.
- Incubator shepherds are IPMC members who volunteer to review podling reports.
- Please add your name below if you'd like to volunteer for shepherd duty. You may add a qualifier
like "max 2 projects / month" or "once per quarter" if you'd like to limit the amount of required
review effort per month. A typical detailed review takes about 15 minutes per project, or
more if some followup is required.
-   * Dave Fisher (max of 2 / month)
-   * Matt Franklin (Happy to take any podling)
-   * Ross Gardler (particular interest in mobile, social and content - in that order, happy
to do what is needed)
-   * Roman Shaposhnik
-   * Suresh Marru
-   * Alan Cabrera
-   * Raphael Bircher (max 1 each month)
  The IPMC chair will assign shepherds to podling reports each month based on the available
volunteers and stated qualifiers. In order to give an "outsider" look, a shepherd will not
be assigned to review a project that he or she is already mentoring.
- Emeritus shepherds:
+ If you are interested in shepherding, drop a line to general@incubator.
+ The first task of a shepherd is to scan the podling's mailing list archives for the period
since their last report looking for Mentor participation.  What the IPMC needs most is a [[|dead
man's switch]] warning us when activity is dangerously low.  A satisfactory basic report can
be as simple as "Podling is active, N mentors participating".
-   * Benson Marguilies
-   * Matt Hogstrom
+ A secondary function of shepherding is to provide an outsider's perspective for the benefit
of the podling being reviewed.  Typically only experienced IPMC members take on this task,
because it can be politically sensitive.
+ Novices are strongly encouraged to participate, because there is great value to the Incubator
and the ASF at large in increasing cross-pollination.  The benefit for novice shepherds is
that that you get to see what kinds of problems podlings are working through and what guidance
their Mentors are giving -- possibly providing a new perspective on challenges faced by projects
you participate in.

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