Hosting an IRC meeting SOP
This is an Ambassadors SOP that describes how to Host an Ambassadors meeting on IRC in a way that it becomes productive and gets people involved with Fedora.
Meetings are crucial procedures within Ambassadors and you can have different types of them. Global ones, Regional ones, Country-specific or FAmSCo meetings.
Most of the information outlined in this SOP applies on Meetings of various other sub-projects of Fedora.
You can see examples of past Meeting successfully run at FAmSCo meeting of January 22, 2011.
Step 0 : First time set up
If you have never had this meeting before and you intend to do so regularly then you should do the following :
- Announce it to the target audience (e.g. through mailing list)
- Pick a time slot (according to feedback) and make the appropriate edits to Meeting channel page. Remember you can use #fedora-meeting-2 or 3 too.
- Announce the meeting in formal way at the Ambassadors mailing list
If your meeting is regional then do the appropriate changes in Ambassadors meetings page.
Step 1 : Have an agenda
Use the preferred communication tool of the project/group you are attending, if it has one yet.
In order to have an agenda you may use one of the following :
- Single wiki pages (e.g. FAmSCo uses FAmSCo agenda in this wiki)
- Wiki pages per meeting (e.g. EMEA Ambassadors use Meeting:EMEA_Ambassadors_<date> as their naming convention)
- Use an external ticketing system (e.g. LATAM Ambassadors use their own Redmine instance)
- Use your teams mailing list (last resort)
Step 2 : Send reminders
Let people know when you are having the meeting by sending a reminder on the appropriate mailing list based on Ambassadors meetings reminders
Step 3 : Use Zodbot
Learn to use Zodbot, and use its commands wisely to get informative meetign minutes.
Do that so people that people attended the meeting can look back on it, or so as to keep up to date people that didn't attend the meeting.
Step 4 : Publish the minutes
Send the minutes of the meeting to the mailing list of your team, identi.ca group or publish them in a blog, immediately after ending the meeting. This is a *must*, as this is how we keep track of our meetings and action items.
Step 5 : Update the wiki
Update the wiki page of your team, editing the entry of the meeting just finished, marking them as done, and including the links to the minutes and full logs.
This can be done by either editing the specific meeting page, or by editing the legacy meetings page (if applicable)
Follow up the actions and agreements you have gotten in the meeting. Inform the people interested in those actions items and if you are going to delegate tasks, remember you can't delegate the responsibility of getting the agreements respected and tasks done.
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