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Wikimedia Cloud Services team/Onboarding Francesco

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New hire/onboarding plan for Francesco Negri as SRE in the Wikimedia Cloud Services team.

Checklist: https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/Technology/Onboarding/Checklists/FrancescoNegri

Who to ask for help[edit]

  • Nicholas Skaggs - Manager - Eastern Standard Time (UTC-6)
  • David Caro - 'Buddy' - Central European Standard Time (UTC+1)

Onboarders References[edit]

Onboardee Reference[edit]

First tasks[edit]

Here is a list of the first few tasks that might be interesting:

  • Working with Komla on gridengine migration
  • Help setup / roll out Magnum (k8s as a service)

30/60/90 Breakdowns[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Meet everyone online and get setup.
Start to learn about Cloud VPS, Toolforge, and team
The first week will be chaotic. Don't worry. :)
  • Day 1 (Getting settled in)
    • Meet online with Buddy
    • Start going through the Onboarding Checklist
    • Ask questions about any and all of this. There is a long tailed setup process and lots of accounts.
  • Day 2
    • Sync up with Buddy
    • Continue going through the Onboarding Checklist, mark items as "Done" as you complete them
    • Start looking at the onboarding Phabricator task — while the checklist above is shared with everyone in the Technology department, the Phabricator task details everything that is specific to the Cloud Services team.
  • Day 4
    • Sync up with Buddy
    • Create a welcome email to send to tech-all and post in slack (Manager will help create)
  • Day 5
    • You made it through week 1!
    • Learn about gerrit, checkout puppet repository, review a team patch
    • Followup on onboarding requests and enjoy a "Silent Friday"

Week 2[edit]


  • Follow-up on your pending access requests
  • Ask for some potential clinic-duty tasks, and learn more about clinic duty process
  • Meet with your buddy and setup a cadence
  • Attend WMCS weekly status meeting
  • Learn about Quarterly Goals

Week 3[edit]


  • Experiment with WMCS services -- sign up for and use toolforge, cloud VPS, quarry, PAWS, dumps, wiki replicas
  • Add your photo and other details to office wiki
  • Update team pages to include you! :-)

Week 4[edit]


  • Try working with phabricator tasks, see list above for a selection.
  • Signup for clinic duty
  • Meet Developer Advocacy Team
  • Learn more about the community we serve

Second Month[edit]


  • Attend first SRE meeting
  • Learn more about Tech Department structure
  • Continue Buddy check-ins
  • Help team finish Quarterly goals!

Third Month[edit]


  • Participate in Quarterly Planning
  • Be ready for new OKR's
  • Participate in your first ITC
  • Learn more about wider organizational structure