wiki:org/meetings/2015WinterDevMeeting/Notes/HR

Wendy introduced the session as "How can we help Tor people to help us make more Tor? What's working/could be working better?" The notes that follow are Wendy's clusters from the post-its groups generated.

Rough clusters of wants:

  • Get to know colleagues better/virtual meetings in modes other than irc and mailing lists/local events or groups/reduce isolation of remote team members/physical meeting spaces (in Europe)/physical meet-ups for sub-projects or topics (e.g. hidden services, orbot & mobile, obfuscation, tor browser).
  • Help keeping track of what others are working on and what other projects exist.
  • Roles and responsibilities
    • What am *I* supposed to be working on?
    • Who else is working on my project? What should I expect from them?
    • Who might be available to help on my project?
    • How should we manage the logistics if someone wants to help my project for a different funder?
  • Listing of internal responsibilities in more detail than "core tor people" page
  • Who is responsible for what? Who is the contact point?
  • Identifying gaps among roles filled, e.g. director of outreach
  • Security and clarity of contracting process
    • Document and improve contracting process
    • smooth the funding uncertainties, particularly for contractors (Tor should bear more of that risk than individuals).
  • endowment??
  • concern that we lose talent because of funding uncertainty
    • How can we as a community support participants (without getting into people's contract details, how can we help to keep people funded?)
    • inequity in job security between contractors and employees hurts retention
  • The missing middle management
    • getting independent self-starters coordinated, manager as knowledge transfer
    • missing layer leads to communication overload, missed interconnections and incompatibilities
  • un-bottleneck Roger and Andrew
    • ID others who can be help
    • empower others to take some roles
  • Helping newcomers, volunteers
    • Finding mentors for students
    • Recognizing volunteers and their roles
    • Written description of "how to become a Tor person"
    • on-boarding
    • advertising Tor Weekly News better
    • can volunteers help sustain projects between funders?
  • Role of projects in the Tor ecosystem
    • What is an "official" project? listed on the website?
    • Who is included in grants versus doing their own thing? How to manage fluidity between roles?
    • building inter-community ties.
  • Acknowledgment and appreciation for work, feedback
    • how to get attention when a mailing list post gets no response?
    • is anyone seeing my work?
  • Internal communications; making public what can be shared more widely
    • disseminating threads beyond tor-internal
    • some people find irc and mailing lists *do* work well. Don't break it
    • getting Board minutes and tor-exec minutes reported out
  • Transparency in hiring, pay equity
    • PM interview process worked well
    • payment equity
  • Contract clause that says contractors can't represent themselves as Tor (confused someone who thought employees could do so)
  • Tor goals and values
  • What does tor-people page look like to outsiders
  • Funding diversity hasn't changed
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