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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Incubator report sign-off
Date Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:12:20 GMT
On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM, Rich Bowen <rbowen@rcbowen.com> wrote:
> I noted in my comments on the recent Incubator board report that I am
> concerned, month after month, at the number of podlings that have no mentor
> sign-off at all, as well as the ones where a minority of the mentors
> sign-off.

Thanks, Rich!  Thoughtful, constructive feedback like this from a Board member
reviewing our report will help the Incubator improve as a project.  Wouldn't
it be great if we could provide such feedback more consistently to podlings
when they go to the trouble of preparing their own reports?  Every report is an
opportunity to open a conversation...

> But I wonder if we might, as the Board does, reject reports that have no
> sign-off, and force projects to report again the following month, in an
> attempt to require them to engage with their mentor(s) a little more? This
> seems like a small, easily reversible, step, that has a good chance of
> achieving something.

(Adapting my response from the private list...)

+1 to reject reports where not a single Mentor has signed off and to require
the podling to report next month.

The mechanism we use for this is to have the Report Manager edit
content/podlings.xml add the "monthly" attribute to the metadata for the
relevant podlings podlings.  Such tasks are documented in report_runbook.py.

Unfortunately manual XML editing is fiddly and it's easy to either fail to add
or fail to remove, but the system is better than it was before.

Marvin Humphrey

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