On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Terry Chay <tchay(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
I’m pleased to announce Rob Moen is moving from the VisualEditor team to
the Growth team.
In Growth, Rob will fill the team's third full-time engineer position,
joining Matthew Flaschen, Sam Smith, and Andrew Russell Green (who's
collaborating with Growth on the Campaigns extension). With Rob's help, the
team will be able to move faster on projects like its experiments acquiring
anonymous editors and building features for new article creators.
Rob has done amazing work on VisualEditor. Starting with when the team
specifically requested him from Editor Engagement two years ago to work on
the user interface features such as toolbars and inspectors and finishing
up with mobile integration and major UploadWizard media integration
He’ll bring that deep knowledge of VisualEditor, OOJS, and OOUI to
projects focused on experimentation and growth in the editor community.
Besides being a rare combination of front-end and full-stack engineer with
extensive MediaWiki experience, he’s also the only engineer in Growth in
the same timezone as Steven Walling and the design team members.
VisualEditor team is now looking for two candidates for open engineering
positions, one of which will fill Rob's spot on the team. Check out the job
description especially if you can help refer someone.
I'm super happy to have Rob join us on Growth, obviously. :-)
+1 to what Sumana said. I think it's really healthy that in WMF
engineering, we've figured out how to let engineers, product managers, and
others switch teams gracefully and with minimal fuss. It's a credit to VE
team that they were so open to this idea.
Also: thank you to Emily in recruiting. It's been a long search for two
engineering candidates to fill the spots previously held on Growth by Ori
and S Page. We may not have ended up hiring someone externally for Rob's
position, but she has put in a huge effort to help teams like ours, and
will no doubt do the same for VisualEditor now too.