Building mentoring into an open source community that welcomes and values new contributors

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B201


This session will talk about how to integrate mentoring into all the different layers of an open source project. This involves a change in the whole community which treats new contributors with respect, knowing they have something valuable to contribute to the project.


Using the Drupal community as an example, we will look at the many ways mentoring fits into all the experience layers of an open source project.

Mentoring can take on many aspects: helping new contributors make their first contribution to an open source project, helping contributors make contributions in areas new to them, helping people move from contributing to mentoring others, and helping people move to leading initiatives.

We will look at removing barriers to contribution, contribution tools, contribution documentation, structured office hours, in person events, and using the issue queue. We will look at how mentoring can change from something structured to something that happens as a matter or habit for lots of people, valuing new contributors within the whole project.



Speaking experience lists many talks (and has links to recordings).
Similar to this topic: <a href="">Community Building with Mentoring: What makes people crazy happy to work on an open source project? at SymfonyCon</a> and at <a href="">Drupal Developer Days Szeged</a>, <a href="">Turning Regular People into Mentors</a>.