[maemo-community] Sprint Task Status Update SSO

From: Randall Arnold fabricator at cynicalsigns.com
Date: Fri Nov 6 17:13:53 EET 2009
>ext Valerio Valerio wrote:
>> I trust people, as long they report back in the end of the month is
>> enough for me, besides that I can found any of the task owners in IRC
>> and ask about the tasks. We really want more than that ? Would people
>> care about other kind of reports ? Don't think so.
>Considering that most of these contributors are getting paid for doing
>their work yes, we want to know as much as possible as long as they
>don't end up investing more time reporting than working. :) A couple of
>lines a day is not too much to ask when you're getting paid n€ the hour.
>It really makes the difference between knowing that someone is working
>that day on maemo.org or doing something else, specially if the person
>is not regularly active in other channels.
>About 100% volunteers sure enough, that's a different question and it's
>totally fine not to demand the same frequency and level of reporting.
>Quim Gil
>open source advocate
>Maemo Devices @ Nokia

I have to agree, and in fact I am paying the price currently for lack of reporting in my current employment.  My boss will work on things and not tell me, leading me to start working on the same items, wasting time.  Even worse, that same scenario plays out across the entire organzation, to where I can safely say that 50% of anyone's time is utterly wasted.

Let's try to avoid that.

But to Valerio's point, reporting CAN consume an unreasonable amount of a person's time IF it isn't automated as much as reasonable possible, or requires too many hoops.

To that extent, I think the suggestions so far are reasonable.  It would be great if more automation could be implemented, but in some cases it's sheer human judgment (like in my current task) so in the end we depend on people taking a brief moment to update things.  Ultimately it serves everyone, even the reporter, because you can save time downstream by not having to answer so many questions.  ; )

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