Mentoring the Mentors

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One of the more daunting things we encounter in core development is getting enough people to regularly contribute. To be sustainable, we need to encourage new contributors to participate in core development. To that end, the Drupal Core Mentoring program seeks to engage new contributors and experienced developers alike to participate in the program. Mentoring provides participants with direction and encouragement to help them find their way in the maze of the Drupal issue queues.

This session is for anyone who would like to learn more about the mentoring program, learn to mentor new contributors, or organizing their own sprints. We’ll learn about tools available to mentors, documentation, and practical techniques for mentoring newcomers. We’ll include strategies for how to

  • Make sure people feel welcome
  • Match tasks to participants
  • Keep people engaged even when they struggle
  • Help without being overbearing
  • Answer questions even if you don’t know the answer
  • Enable folks to continue afterward on their own
Experience level: 
Sunday July 14
Room assignment: 
Kimmel Center 388
Session Length: 
50 min