[CBT] What does radical participation look like?

Vesper mdziewonski at mozilla.com
Wed Nov 12 02:11:37 PST 2014

<my 2 cents>
I like the idea of X% of time spent cross-participating.

I feel that 20% is a bit too much - how about 10% or even a measly 5%? In a
40 hour work-week, that's 2 hours. 120 minutes of focused effort can make a
huge difference if invested properly.

Being from SUMO, I mostly work with the community, but I can see myself
spending 2 hours each week learning how to build cool things that could
help everyone *(Which reminds me, I should finally start looking into
automating those screenshots using Mozmill, argh!)*

And if someone can't find two hours' worth of time each week to step
outside of their comfort zone, I guess there's some space for improvement
for their learning patterns ;-)
</my 2 cents>


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2014-11-12 10:55 GMT+01:00 Benjamin Kerensa <bkerensa at gmail.com>:

> On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM, Adam Lofting
> <adam at mozillafoundation.org> wrote:
> > Here’s an idea that would be a possible stepping stone to the ‘staff as
> > scaffolding’ model…
> >
> >
> > I meet lots of people who don’t work at Google but who idolize their 20%
> > time concept. I don’t want to start a conversation about what 20% time
> looks
> > like in practice for developers at Google, but the *concept* resonates
> > widely, and well outside the tech sector. Which is valuable.
> >
> >
> > What would an official ‘20% time’ for community building look like? Both
> in
> > practice, and in how the outside world understands Mozilla?
> While since you are reaching staff who already get paid to work on
> community building 100% of the time I would say that asking staff who
> dont get paid to work on community building might be a better idea?
> Also ask their managers? Something tells me their response might be
> that they cannot meet deadlines if they spent 20% on community
> building. I think even in the case of teams that are community
> participation focused that they are still allocating much less than
> 20% of their time to community building and mind you these are teams
> that would be shining examples of where community and staff work well
> together already.
> >
> >
> > Would it help with the struggle to balance time spent meeting deadlines,
> and
> > time investing in the community? I’m trying to build/enable a metrics
> > community, but I feel those pressures too.
> I think the problem for some teams is that their deadline focus is so
> intense and they have so much pressure from their managers and other
> teams that adding 20% community building time would be difficult to
> achieve.
> >
> >
> > Community building is a long term investment, much like R&D/innovation.
> >
> I agree but I also think that long term investment comes from the top
> down. Teams still need to be able to get their work done and if they
> make this investment they will need their managers and VP's to
> understand that sacrifices elsewhere will need to be made to reach
> such a goal.
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