Danese Cooper | 1 Jul 20:11 2010

[wikimediaannounce-l] Rob Lanphier joins Wikimedia Foundation as Engineering Programs Manager for General Engineering

Hello all,

I'm very happy to announce Rob Lanphier (user:RobLa) in his new role working as a full-time Engineering
Programs Manager reporting to me, effective yesterday (June 30th).  Rob first came to the attention of
Wikimedia Foundation during the CTO search, and he has been working under contract to Wikimedia
Foundation for a some time now, acting as backup EPM for the trial rollout of Pending Changes and also
performing an audit of EPM tools currently in use at the Foundation and in the larger FOSS world to
determine the best tooling strategy to increase both reliability and transparency of our engineering planning.

In his new role, which is also new in the organization, Rob will be working with me to build out core services
that all of our engineering efforts rely on (such as Software Quality Assurance, Documentation, Release
Management&   Analytics).  Using EPMs to assist the engineering teams in gaining the best outcome in their
efforts to serve the Wikimedia Community was pioneered by Naoko Komura on the recently concluded User
Experience project and its a practice we plan to broaden over the coming year.  We would usually expect WMF
positions to be posted and boarded, but in this case Rob had responded to a previous job posting and he was
identified then as someone who would be of exceptional value to the team. I felt it would be inauthentic to
hold his hire for the formality of posting.

Rob's longtime interest in Wikipedia (he is editor number 96), his long history of managing high-profile
open source engineering projects (he was at RealNetworks and Linden Labs before joining us), and his
general focus on patiently working through every imaginable detail using methods that are both
effective and community-inclusive make him ideal for this new role.  Rob has also proven to be very
effective at working semi-remotely; he comes into the office in San Francisco every other week and lives
the rest of the time in Seattle, Washington.  As we grow the Tech team I believe it will be advantageous for us
to consciously create distributed teams both to mirror the composition of the larger Wikimedia
Community and to encourage even more collaborative working patterns.

Rob has been a great addition to our team in the time he's been with us, and I look forward to his continued
contributions. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating him.

Danese Cooper
CTO, Wikimedia Foundation

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