[Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Fwd: [Tech/Product] Engineering/Product org structure

Federico Leva (Nemo) nemowiki at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 16:40:26 UTC 2012

Crossposting is tricky – Sue's answer didn't reach wikimedia-l as far as 
I can see. From 
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2012-November/064281.html :
Hi K. Peachey,

Generally speaking, the WMF posts and boards for every vacancy. (I
think there's a policy document somewhere to that effect --
regardless, it's been our practice for years.) Sometimes we skip the
posting & boarding process if there's a sufficiently compelling
reason, but mostly we post and board every position.

And so yes, indeed, we will post and board the head of Engineering
vacancy, because it's a newly-created position, and it's vacant. We
won't be posting and boarding the head of Product, though, because it
is not a newly-created position and it's not a vacancy. Even though
the responsibilities and scope of the role are shifting, it is an
existing position, and it has an incumbent (Erik).

K. Peachey, 06/11/2012 20:30:
> (Double Post, Since this was crossposted in the first place, and to
> make sure I hit both lists, Sorry Wikitech)
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> The way we’d get there:
>> I’m prepared to resign from my engineering management responsibilities
>> and to focus solely on my remaining role as VP of Product, as soon as
>> a successor for VP of Engineering has been identified. We would start
>> that hiring process probably in early 2013. I’m recommending to Sue
>> that we seriously consider internal candidates for the VP of
>> Engineering role, as we have a strong engineering management team in
>> place today.
>> So realistically we'd probably identify that person towards the end of
>> the fiscal year.
> Due to the nature of the foundation and to ensure continued growth and
> prosperity I would be hoping that the foundation ensured both
> positions became "vacant" and the person/s are chosen on the merits of
> their applications to ensure the continued and best growth.
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