It's not every day you get to re-write your job description, but
that's exactly what I'm doing. It's not a big deal, really,
since the OpenSolaris project is growing and changing, and we need all
sorts of people doing all sorts of things -- and we
don't have nearly enough people or resources to exploit all the
opportunities globally, but that's another story (and a good
problem to have, too). Anyway, I view this as just a re-balancing of my
job based on four factors:
- 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
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
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
to one degree or another, I'll now be focusing those communications
specifically on the projects I'm driving rather than anything I can
get my hands on across the entire OpenSolaris community. That's a
That also will be a big
change as I specifically let go of some stuff in order to take on new
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
So, we'll see how all this goes. It's all based around engineering
management and community development, but hopefully much more focused
and much more valuable. For two years now I have been busy creating
to support these moves. I've had an
excellent FY08, and I expect FY09 to be even
better. Should be fun.