A New Focus
By jimgris on Apr 16, 2008
- Getting elected to the OpenSolaris Governing Board,
- The evolution and changing needs of my team in California,
- My own career goals, and
- The unique opportunities offered by my geography.
I'll still be doing project management and building OpenSolaris communities globally, of course. But I'm going to narrow my focus so I can get closer to some engineering projects that not only generate contributions but also help lead to revenue for Sun. And I'll still be interacting with developers and users, but I want to get involved with other open source and standards communities and more customers, partners, universities, and governments as well. I'm already getting more requests to brief customers about OpenSolaris, so I want to expand that it if possible. And although my focus has always been global, I'll surely be spending more time in China and India and other parts of Asia since those markets are growing rapidly and since I live in the neighborhood. I'll also be exploring some new opportunities in Eastern and Western Europe this upcoming year.
Here's a rough split of time and projects:
- Website: 40% on website development projects, especially the implementation and support of the software platform on which opensolaris.org runs.
- Globalization: 20% on g11n engineering projects.
- Governance: 20% on OGB initiatives across the entire OpenSolaris project.
- Advocacy: 20% on user groups, conferences, and presentations globally.
There's a fair amount of crossover there, but that's ok since it gives me the flexibility to mix and match projects under some main categories that make sense if I absolutely had to quantify them. What changes significantly, however, is the project mix and time split. Governance, website, and globalization are all new and will take up most of my time. But there will be many opportunities for community development in APAC with user groups, conferences, and engineering projects. And although all of this involves advocacy to one degree or another, I'll now be focusing those communications efforts specifically on the projects I'm driving rather than anything I can get my hands on across the entire OpenSolaris community. That's a critical point. That also will be a big change as I specifically let go of some stuff in order to take on new stuff. There is no other way to grow, in my opinion, unless you have a solid core competency but also aggressively reach out to grab new things. So I intend to build from that perspective.
And finally, I'm now getting closer to the globalization engineering organization at Sun with a
dotted line report to Mimi Hills, the director of g11n who manages
software development operations at many sites around the world. I'll
be adding some
OpenSolaris-related g11n engineering projects to the mix of stuff I do
for Bonnie Corwin's
OpenSolaris engineering team. First up with g11n will be to evolve the
language/country portals on opensolaris.org so we can properly
implement the localization of content on the site. This is important as
we build the OpenSolaris community around the world. If you build
globally, you are actually building across languages and cultures, and
that's very different from building within a single language and