We’re working on Fedora Strategy 2028 — our next five-year plan. We are now reviewing those Objectives and their associated Impact. Read this guide for details on the current planning phase.
This Objective is part of the Theme “Fedora leads in Linux distribution development” and the Focus Area Community Sustainability. For general discussion of this focus area, please see the topic Fedora Strategy 2028: Focus area review (Community Sustainability).
Objective and Impact
Objective: Everyone in Fedora has a mentor, and everyone in Fedora is a mentor.
Impact: Better onboarding. Growth for current contributors. Continuity of expertise and reduced lottery factor.
A mentor is someone with experience and knowledge in an area who helps someone else learn and grow. Some parts of the project, like ambassadors-team, have had mentorship programs in the past, with both success and difficulties. We also have the mentored-projects-team, which handles Outreachy and similar programs. And, the join-sig mentors newcomers through initial onboarding.
We think that growing this practice to the entire project is a key to our future success.
When new people show up, they often need a lot of guidance to figure out how to fit into everything we’ve built up and sometimes take for granted in Fedora’s almost-20-year history. Right now, when someone is through the initial Join Fedora process or comes through whatcanidoforfedora.org or just shows up here looking to help, it takes a certain persistence to get to the next level and become a long-term contributor. While that kind of persistence is valuable, it shouldn’t be required — we’re filtering people out who could become amazing Fedora community members with a little more help.
The practice of mentoring also helps the mentor learn and grow as well, and will help create lasting connections through and across the project. We can have subject-focused mentors — but also mentorships that reach across the “mindshare” and “engineering” divide.
And, of course, mentorship can help grow the next generation, making sure that we have continuity of knowledge and expertise in crucial areas, reducing bottlenecks and burnout, and expanding pride of individual accomplishment to pride in advancing a whole team.
As mentioned, we already have some experience in this area — and some investment through the Mentor Summit. Let’s build on that and make mentorship a fundamental part of Fedora’s culture.
Our goal now
For this Objective and related Impact, validate that:
- If the Impact is achieved, it’s reasonable to expect an increase in active Fedora contributors.
- Success in the Objective logically results in the intended Impact.
- That link is reasonably sufficient — that is, it represents everything needed to have the Impact.
- While there might be other ways to have similar Impact, the chosen Objective is the right one for Fedora right now.
- The wording is precise and clear. The Objective is concrete, and the Impact is (at least a little bit) inspirational. Together, they fit into this Focus Area.
Bonus. If you can improve the longer explanatory paragraphs at the top of this post, that’s helpful too!
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