Wikimedians, please review something we are working on for the Wikimedia Foundation, the Technical Collaboration Guideline [0].

The Technical Collaboration Guideline (TCG) is a set of best practice recommendations, for planning and communicating product and project information to Wikimedia communities, in order to work better, together. The TCG allows Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Product teams and Wikimedia communities to work together in a systematic way in the product development and deployment cycle. It is hoped that the TCG is useful enough to be utilized in planning and communications regarding any project, from anyone. The TCG is intended to be flexible as plans and products change in development; it is a guide whose contents will help build collaborative relationships.

The initial draft of the TCG was written after discussions in small groups with members of the Community Liaisons and Product Management teams, to identify successes and failures in communication, and what we can do to encourage collaboration with the communities. Over the next month, I am seeking review and feedback from Wikimedia community members. All feedback that is left will be read; if there is a case for immediate action, it will be made. All feedback will be taken into consideration when editing the next draft of the TCG. Please keep in mind that the TCG is intended to be lightweight information and instruction and will not be completely comprehensive. The TCG and the conversations about it are in English, but comments from all languages are welcome.

Over the next few days, this invitation for review will be distributed across the wikis.

Also, within the coming weeks, I'll be announcing a review on behalf of the WMF's Design team. They have been working diligently over the past few months to identify and define the purpose of design within the WMF, and they are looking forward to sharing this statement of purpose with the broader Wikimedia movement for comment. If you're interested, please be on the lookout for this review announcement.

I look forward to reading your comments on the wiki [1].

Keegan Peterzell
Technical Collaboration Specialist
Wikimedia Foundation