Mentoring update

We’ve been running the mentoring program for a few months now and I thought it would be a good time to post an update.

We started with 6 mentors: me, @jcastaneda, @catchthemes, @grapplerulrich, @gpriday, @rohitink. Each of these reviewers has over 13 mentees, some have more because of contribution days.

As of this weekend we also gained @thinkupthemes as a mentor due to London Contribution Day. Also, we have @alex27 mentoring 3 people from WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Poland’s contribution day. It’s worth noting that contribution days are currently our biggest draw of new reviewers. It’s also really great when those that lead the sessions can continue to mentor.

The program seems to be working. We’ve seen an increase of people coming in and I think that from talking to those getting mentored, overall it’s a positive experience.

Scalability

One of the current issues we have is scalability. This is because the assigning of a mentor is a manual process. This is going to change with auto assignment. As a result the manual nature is temporary. Once we get automatic assignment to a pool of mentors, then things will scale easily.

For those that want to know the automatic assignment post request is here – its in progress being made.

Mentor field

We need to look into getting a mentor field rather than using cc’s. This would help us for reports. I created a meta ticket for this: https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/708

More mentors

I’m putting out a call here for more mentors. I think that once a mentor gets into double figures we should be looking at spreading that weight. What people are doing is amazing, but we all have lives and we want to allow mentors to also review themes. This should be something they do along with what they do already. Therefore, we need to grow the ranks of mentors.

What do you need to be to be a mentor?

  • At least six months solid reviewing. I think we can be semi-flexible about this but we need to see you have a consistent reviewing history. After all, you are passing on your reviewing knowledge.
  • Ability to be around and respond to ‘mentees’. Ideally you are around on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and also responding in tickets.
  • Attendance to weekly mentoring meeting as much as possible. Thursdays 18:00 UTC in #themereview. We can be semi-flexible about this as work happens, but you should try to attend as many as you can.

If you’d still like to be a mentor then please add your name to the comments. We’d love you to help us get a new reviewers trained up. It’s rewarding for both the mentor and trainee and something really great to do for someone else.