Product Development Process Ideas

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This page will capture ideas on how the User Experience Team and the Wikimedia Community can collaboratively approach Product Development.

Some ideas to get us started[edit]

  1. Embedding teams funded by WMF into larger, publicly visible workgroups which include volunteers and which meet regularly e.g. via IRC;
    • Outreach to grow and strengthen those workgroups with the best skills present in the Wikimedia volunteer community;
  2. Publication of mini-projects which we identify and which can be tackled by self-organized volunteers, with mentoring by experienced WMF staff and volunteers (happening a bit via GSoC, but not as much outside of it yet)
  3. Make development roadmaps fully transparent and open to discussion, and share justifications for all key priorities;
  4. Further iteration of rapid methods for volunteer-driven bug reporting, cross-platform testing, and submission/application of simple patches;
  5. Stimulating larger scale contests focusing on specific areas of interest;
  6. More topic-focused meetings and sprints like the multimedia usability meeting in Paris;
  7. Further experimentation with tools like IdeaTorrent for large-scale brainstorming and ranking purposes (we have a prototype running at http://prototype.wikimedia.org/en-idea/ideatorrent/ ).

--Eloquence 07:46, 8 June 2010 (UTC)

Please, implement IdeaTorrent! (Previous discussions: mailarchive:foundation-l/2009-August/053648.html, mailarchive:foundation-l/2009-January/049545.html, mailarchive:foundation-l/2009-July/052889.html.) --Nemo 15:46, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
The IdeaTorrent has been implemented. GerardM 00:17, 13 June 2010 (UTC)
Idea torrent looks like a good place to brainstorm ideas to improve Wikipedia. Let me know when it is up and running. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 02:01, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Place for discussion[edit]

I find that discussion are easier to follow and comment on in the wiki format and recommend we try to do as much as we can here rather than on lists and via IRC.Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:10, 10 June 2010 (UTC)