[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Foundation 2008-2009 Annual Plan
sgardner at wikimedia.org
Wed Jul 2 23:48:43 UTC 2008
> Sue wrote:
> >So the
> >upshot is, we will not need to spend X amount of general operating cash
> >on hardware, since it will likely end up being paid for by an external
> >party :-)
> Thanks. Great. And what about «general conservatism and caution on the
> part of the tech team» and «delays in hiring» (from: /Monthly ED Report
> to the Board: May 2008/)? I didn't understand.
Without speaking on behalf of the tech team necessarily, I would make
the observation that it seems generally conservative about spending.
That's not unique to Wikimedia; it's consistently been my experience
that tech people tend to be fairly cautious spenders. Our team did not
want to spend money until it needed to: that is not a bad thing.
Re delays in hiring, the tech team has had approval to hire two software
developers since last October. With the 08-09 budget, they have approval
to hire I believe five technical people in total during FY 2008-09. I
am not surprised we've been slow to hire: the move's been pretty
disruptive. But my understanding is that we're pretty close to
announcing one new dev, with another in the works. This is good.
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