Creating a more inviting environment for newcomers
New experiences from MoM, SoB, Teammetrics
Since 2008 I'm working on graphing data about teams in Debian. In 2011
a GSoC project "Teammetrics" established some better infrastucture and
some additional measures were added. The last addition was a number of
maintainers per packaging graph which also creates some enlightment how
good a team works together.
Besides measuring how teams are working together I'd like to explain
ways how to gain new team members by lowering the entry barrier. This
is done in the Mentoring of the Month project for Debian Med. I was
also running a Mentoring of the Month for Women by droping the
constraint of medical software. It was a specific challenge for me to
introduce an outsider into a team I'm no member of and where I was
unaware of the specific team policy.