What do you do? Week of May 21, 2018

This is a snapshot of what I do at work. Not a log, but a glimpse into my life as the senior manager of the Community Leads team at Red Hat. I’m providing it to share what people do. When I was at the GNOME Foundation, my weekly write-ups of what I did as Executive Director were appreciated by many. This writeup will not be as comprehensive, as there are many things I’m involved in that are not mine to break the news on. This is a glimpse, not a log, of what I do. If you think I should do more of these writeups, please let me know.

This week, I …

Attended my manager’s staff meeting. It was short but a chance to quickly update her on major happenings as she just got back from vacation. We talked about things like GDPR. We continued the GDPR discussion in the general OSAS (Open Source & Standards Group) meeting.

Had 1:1s with all of my team members. As I wrote in my 1:1s post, I spread them out over the week. So I met with Rich Bowen who is working with the CentOS community on Monday and with Brian Exelbierd who is the Impact and Action Coordinator for Fedora on Tuesday. Wednesdays I meet with Rain Leander (RDO), Leo Vaz (Ceph) and Josh Berkus (Kubernetes). Thursdays are Amye Scavarda (Gluster), Sanja Bonic (Atomic/Silverblue) and Friday is Dave Neary (Che) but we met Wednesday this week instead.

Other 1:1s. Had several other 1:1s with other colleagues and my manager. As a remote employee, I think this is especially important.

Sales onboarding. There is open source material as part of Red Hat’s sales training and I attended a meeting to talk about reviewing and updating it. (All of Red Hat’s products are open source software — it’s our business model.)

Open source study. I met with a Swedish graduate student doing a project on how companies should evaluate which open source software projects they get involved with.

Project governance. I’m helping one of the open source software projects that Red Hat invests resources in to figure out the next step of governance. Many projects periodically do this. Gluster got a new project leads model last year.

Community Leads. All the people within Red Hat that do community type work are invited to the Thursday Community Leads meeting that I facilitate. We used this week’s meeting to talk about how our presence and booths (Community Central) went at Red Hat Summit a couple of weeks ago. We often share best practices, issues or upcoming events. We also often have guest speakers on community topics — if you’d like to share some community knowledge with us and start a conversation, let me know.

Awesome people. I met with a candidate interested in working for Red Hat. I don’t have an opening but I always try to help awesome people in the field find good jobs and Red Hat is a good place to work.

HR stuff. Among other things, I learned a little bit about visas. Luckily we also have legal resources to help.

As part of my work with the TODO group, I was interviewed as part of a guidebook for Diversity & Inclusion in Open Source projects. Also introduced them to other people working in this area.

Booked travel for an upcoming event. It was made complicated by personal travel happening right afterwards but my travel juju is strong!

Expense reports. Red Hat has weird quarters. (My term, not theirs.) Our current quarter ends on May 31st. I approved a lot of expense reports (more than 36!) and hopefully will submit one of my own.

Writing. I made a concerted effort this week to post more!

And I am taking Friday off!

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