Over the past months we have extensively worked on the future of the Reps program – called RepsNext. In several working groups we worked on proposals to improve the Reps program, keeping up with the Mozilla’s and our Reps’ needs. Following the RepsNext Introduction Video this blog post provides a broad overview of the various focus areas and invites further conversation.
RepsNext – The Visual Structure
Here is a visual overview of the RepsNext structure:
With RepsNext there will be three different tracks to be specialized in:
The Functional Goals track is still work-in-progress, so we cannot provide a lot of information yet. We believe this will be a group of Reps who are heavily engaged in Mozilla’s functional areas.
Reps from the Leadership track support other Mozillians and communities through their broad knowledge. Reps in this track will regularly exchange information among themselves, creating alignment among the various functional goals in the Reps program.
For all resource requests there is a dedicated Resources track which is specialized on increasing the program’s impact. The Review team, which is part of this track, is responsible to review budget requests.
Finally, every Rep will have a coach who has strong leadership skills and can provide guidance on Reps’ personal development.
Through this structure Reps from all specialization tracks can work together towards the overall Reps and Participation goals, each Rep contributing with their particular strengths to advance Mozilla’s mission.
What are we going to improve in the Reps program?
Let’s compare the current state of the Reps program with the proposed improvements.
Alignment with Mozilla
There are no formal alignment processes with the Mozilla organization
The Reps Program is aligned with the Participation team’s OKRs. Council members participate in important planning and strategy meetings
Budget Request Reviews
All Reps can submit budget requests, leading to a lot of ping pong when reviewing those
Reps can specialize on “Resources” and file requests aligned for impact. This leads to faster reviews
Reps are mostly focused on running events in their communities
Reps will be able to specialize in a certain topic (Resources, Leadership, Functional areas)
Mentors are busy with Budget Request reviews
Mentors will be focusing on personal development, no need to do budget reviews anymore (but you can be part of the Resources track)
Leadership has been part of Reps since its very beginning, it was not formally nurtured very well
With the Leadership track we enable Reps’ personal development and develop their leadership potential for them to expand impact on their fellow Mozillians
We plan to go into more detail for each of the above mentioned areas in future blog posts. In order to prioritize and invest our (volunteering) energy in the most impactful way, we need your help: Which of the above areas are you most interested in? Where do you want to hear more in the next blog post? Which concerns do you have? What do you find intriguing?
Christophe Villeneuvehas been a Rep for more than 9 months now and has reported more than 100 activities in the program. From talks on security to writing articles and organizing events, Christophe is active in many different areas. Did we already mention that he also bakes Firefox cookies?
His energy and drive to promote the Open Web and websecurity is astonishing. Even if sometimes external factors intervene and some of the activities get blockers he neither gets disappointed nor quits, he looks for the next possibility out there. He truly is an open source believer contributing to other open source communities (like Drupal, PHP, MariaDB) as well and he tries to combine those activities for bigger audiences.
Please join us in congratulating Alex Lakatos as Reps of the Month for June 2016!
Alex is a Mozilla Rep based in London, Great Britain, originally from Romania. He is also a Mozilla TechSpeaker, giving talks all around Europe.
In the last 2 months Alex held several technical talks all over Europe (CodeCamp Cluj, OSCAL in Albania, DevTalks in Bucharest and DevSum in Sweden just to name a few) to promote Mozilla’s mission and the Open Web. With his enthusiasm in tech he is a crucial force to promote our mission and educate developers all around Europe about new Web technologies. He covered both the transition we are doing shifting from Firefox OS to a more innovative area with Connected Devices but also changes in Firefox and why you should consider the improvements made on the DevTools side.
Konstantina is a long-time Mozilla Reps from Greece. Additionally she is also responsible for the budget and swag requests in the Reps program.
In the past months Konstantina has helped out with organizing and chairing the Reps weekly call together with Ioana. That means that they are weekly in contact with many mozillians to find new interesting topics and prepare the agenda and the notifications. Further she is helping the Council with the formation of the Review Team we are implementing. This was already announce here and will give council more time to spend on mission and strategy. She became a mentor and will help inspire the new people applying for the program.
At the 2015 Reps Leadership Meeting in Paris it became clear that the program was ready for “a version 2”. As the Reps Council had recently become a formal part of Mozilla Leadership, it was time to bring the program to the next level. Literally building on that idea, the RepsNext initiative was born.
Since then several working groups were formed to condense reflections on the past and visions for the future into new program proposals.
At our last Council meetup from 14-17 April 2016 in Berlin we recorded interviews with Council and Peers explaining RepsNext and summarizing our current status.
You can find a full transcript at the end of this blog post. Thanks to Yofie for editing the video!
Please share this video broadly, creating awareness for the exciting future of the Reps program.
We will focus our work at the London All Hands from June 12th to June 17th to work on open questions around the working groups. We will share our outcomes and open up for discussions after that. For now, there are several discussions to jump in and shape the future of the Reps program:
It took us a little more than a year to come up with this “new release” of the Reps program. For the future we plan to take smaller steps improving the program beyond RepsNext. So expect experiments and tweaks arriving in smaller bits and with a higher clockspeed (think Firefox Rapid Release Model).
Question: What is RepsNext?
[Arturo] I think we have reached a point of maturity in the program that we need to reinvent ourselves to be adaptors of Mozilla’s will and to the modern times.
Question: How will the Reps program change?
[Pierros] What we’re really interested in and picking up as a highlight are the changes on the governance level. There are a couple of things that are coming. The Council has done really fanstastic work on bringing up and framing really interesting conversations around what RepsNext is, and PeersNext as a subset of that, and how do we change and adapt the leadership structure of Mozilla Reps to be more representative of the program that we would like to see.
[Brian] The program will still remain a grassroots program, run by volunteers for volunteers.
[Henrik] We’ve been working heavily on it in various working groups over the last year, developed a very clear understanding of the areas that need work and actually got a lot of stuff done.
[Konstantina] I think that the program has a great future ahead of it. We’re moving to a leadership body where our role is gonna be to empower the rest of the volunteer community and we’re gonna try to minimize the bureacracy that we already have. So the Reps are gonna have the same resources that they had but they are gonna have tracks where they can evolve their leadership skills and with that empower the volunteer communities. Reps is gonna be the leadership body for the volunteer community and I think that’s great. We’re not only about events but we’re something more and we’re something the rest of Mozilla is gonna rely on when we’re talking about volunteers.
Question: What’s important about this change?
[Michael] We will have the Participation team’s support to have meetings together, to figure out the strategy together.
[Konstantina] We are bringing the tracks where we specialize the Reps based on their interest.
Question: Why do we need changes?
[Christos] There is the need of that. There is the need to reconsider the mentoring process, reconsidering budgets, interest groups inside of Reps. There is a need to evolve Reps and be more impactful in our regions.
Question: Is this important for Mozilla?
[Arturo] We’re going to have mentors and Reps specialized in their different contribution areas.
Question: How is RepsNext helping local communities?
[Guillermo] Our idea, what we’re planning with the changes on RepsNext is to bring more people to the program. More people is more diversity, so we’re trying to find new people, more people with new interests.
Question: What excites you about RepsNext?
[Faisal] We have resources for different types of community, for example if somebody needs hardware or somebody training material, a variety of things not just what we used to have. So it will open up more ways on how we can support Reps for more impactful events and making events more productive.
Daniele is a Mozilla Rep from Italy. He is helping to build the Italian community, coordinating it and also gives talks in Italy. Apart from that he is active in localization from English to Italian and loves coding. When he has time for it, he is improving the Reps portal contributing patches to it. Recently he also started a discussion to improve the Reps portal on a more general level.
Daniele has been involved in the RepsNext Working Groups since the beginning. With all his enthusiasm he was part of a lot of working groups (Alignment, Meta, Leadership), joining meetings every week and giving his valuable input. Without him it would have been way harder to grasp the need of Reps during the important phases. You can find out more about his recent Reps activities on his Reps profile where he reported a lot of activities which enables us to see all his great contributions.
Please join us in congratulating Rahul Talreja as Rep of the Month for March.
Rahul Talreja is one of the most active Reps and a senior FSA of his community. He started as a FSA in 2013 and since day one he has been doing great work in building the local community and his personal contribution towards Mozilla. He has mentored a lot of people.
Aligned with Mozilla’s new strategy towards Connected Devices, Rahul recently organised an IoT/Connected Device workshop “Web of Things @ Footprints Baroda” in February 2016. That was the first of its scale in India and it helped not only him but the entire community to learn from what he did in that event. The workshop was undoubtedly a great success , which can be seen in Rahul’s blog post about the event.
Abdelrahman Samy started his journey as a Firefox Student Ambassador in Egypt. As Club lead of the AAST club, he is involved in the day to day awareness raising of Mozilla’s mission at the Alexandria University. He is also engaged in localization and helped with l10n for Firefox OS.
Further he is one of the most active Core members of the Egypt community. Recently he coordinated Club launches in Egypt (MIS Club for example). With his enthusiasm there are two more Club launches he is coordinating at the end of April / start of May.
Dian Ina is one of the core contributors from Indonesia. Art Manager in the day enthusiastic Mozillian by night, Ina contributed heavily on building her community’s roadmap for 2016. She is also contributing on Firefox Social media materials and is helping along with the rest of the Indonesian’s community on creating their community space in Jakarta.