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Frequently asked questions about this Wikimedia technical decision making process


What does the Technical Decision Forum do?[edit]

The Technical Decision Forum collaborates with and assists teams in determining the stakeholders that affect more than one Wikimedia team and getting feedback to inform the possible solutions to solve the problem presented. There are three key parts of the Technical Decision Forum process that achieve this:

  • Problem Statement: helps teams flesh out the problem that affects more than one Wikimedia team
  • Technical Decision Forum Representatives Feedback: representatives from every Wikimedia team are asked to comment and provide feedback on each Problem Statement. The expectation is that the representative will share the information with their team and provide the collective feedback from their team.
  • RACI: The feedback from the Technical Decision Forum Representatives directly informs the RACI for the problem presented and the possible solutions to be considered.

Who makes the decisions on the proposals?[edit]

The team who owns the problem presented in the Problem Statement. The Technical Decision Forum process does not make any decisions on the solutions to the problem.

How do teams get assigned to work on the proposals?[edit]

Teams should bring the output of the Technical Decision Forum, Decision Record and RACI, to be sourced and prioritized to the Platform Product Steering Committee.


How can I provide feedback as an individual about a decision that has already been made?[edit]

Attend the Technical Decision Forum Office Hours or contact the Technical Decision Forum directly at tech-decision-forum-support@wikimedia.org We will help direct you to the best route for feedback on a decision made.

How do I provide feedback on the proposals brought to the Technical Decision Forum?[edit]

You can provide feedback through the Technical Decision Forum representative for your team or contact the Technical Decision Forum directly at tech-decision-forum-support@wikimedia.org

How can I provide feedback on the overall process?[edit]

The Technical Decision Forum will send out quarterly surveys to receive feedback on the process. You may also contact them anytime at tech-decision-forum-support@wikimedia.org

When are the Technical Decision Forum Office Hours and what is the purpose?[edit]

Office Hours for the Technical Decision Forum are bi-weekly by appointment from 12pm-1pm EST. The appointments are available on the WMF Staff Calendar every other Tuesday for 30 minutes each. Technical Decision Forum office hours are open to everyone who has questions or would like to have discussions related to the Technical Decision Forum or need guidance on a proposal. You can reach the appointment page directly here.