We’ve published a few more job descriptions in the “Jobs@Ubuntu” department this week. Jane and I went through our notes recently and realised we want to hire 24 people in the next few months! Fortunately, I enjoy meeting new candidates :-).
The scope of the jobs we have in mind for people is definitely widening from the pure development focus (though we need a few more of you too :-)) to the full range of skills that it takes to manage a project of this scale – and the relationships that it brings. As we’ve grown and as we start to shape Ubuntu into something that works well for the community and for commercial deployment, we need a whole new set of talent that speaks both the traditional language of management and marketing, as well as the new language of participation and community.
I enjoyed Mitchell Baker’s blog recently on the need for new roles in free software projects which I think says it better than I can. Except I would have said “free software” rather than “open source” ;-).
The challenge I think in hiring for these new positions is that community driven organisation is not something that “young executive tigers” are going to be familiar with. While I enjoy helping other companies wrap their heads around free software and the dynamic of the community, I sort of hope we can find a team of executives and operatives that have already made that leap. Rare people indeed. If you know someone who fits the bill, point them in my direction!