3. Recruit volunteers (project managers)
Now that you've set up your project and defined a body of work, it's time to start recruiting volunteers. You should expect that, even though many volunteers join your project, only a small handful will be core contributors. Therefore you should try to recruit as many volunteers as possible, knowing that only 10% will be active contributors.
Make your project public
The first step is to make your project public, if you haven't already done so. To make your project public:
- On LDSTech, sign in and go to Projects.
- Click the Management subtab.
- In the Search field, type your project name until your project appears in the list.
- Under your project name, click edit.
- In the Status drop-down box, select Public.
- Click Save.
Announce the new project
Community members will see the project on the list of available projects on LDSTech. However, you need to publicize your project through as many channels as possible. The following channels are standard ways to promote your project:
- LDSTech article: You can publish an article about the project on the LDSTech homepage. Let Tom Johnson (he manages the articles on LDSTech) know that you have a new project and would like an article to announce it. He or another LDSTech writer will interview you about the project and publish an article about it. Alternatively, you can write the article yourself. These articles appear on the homepage of LDSTech. They are also sent out in biweekly newsletters to all members of the Church who want to beta test or develop Church software, or who want to stay informed about meetinghouse technologies.
- Twitter updates: You can let community members on Twitter know about the new project. Use the hashtags #lds, #ldstech, and #mormon to give your message visibility. If you don't use Twitter, or would prefer to send the tweet from the LDSTech Twitter account, send your tweets to Tom Johnson to post.
- Monthly broadcasts: Each month, LDSTech sponsors a monthly broadcast. You can see the schedule and archive of LDSTech broadcasts here. During these broadcasts, there's a time set aside for project leaders to give one-minute descriptions of their projects. Plan on attending the next broadcast and pitching your project needs to volunteers.
- Conferences: Once a year, LDSTech hosts an on-site volunteer conference called the LDSTech Conference. Hundreds of volunteers gather on-site at the Riverton Office Building to learn about the latest Church technologies and projects. Much of the conference is devoted to project work, so volunteers arrive ready to use their IT skills. If your project is set up well, and you can engage a lot of eager volunteers, this is a perfect opportunity to speed up your project's progress.
Find volunteers that match the project's skillsets
If you need to fill a specific skillset, you can see a list of community members categorized by skill. These skills are associated with specific community members through their profile on the Skills subtab, which they are prompted to complete when they join a project. Community members can select their competency for the skill with three ratings: Novice, Intermediate, or Expert. This list of skills is exhaustive.
To gather a list of potential volunteers that have specific skills, request this report from an LDSTech administrator. The administrator will then do the following:
- Click Projects on the top navigation menu.
- Click the Reports subtab.
- In the left sidebar, click Skills. Only the category is shown. When you click the category, all skills for that category appear. If you don't know which category the skill falls under, go to the Skills tab to see how skills are organized. For example, if you're looking for volunteers with expertise in Mediawiki, you won't see Mediawiki listed as a category. Go to the Skills tab, type "Mediawiki" in the filter box, and see the Category that Mediawiki skill belongs to: Miscellaneous. Then return to the Reports tab and click Miscellaneous. Mediawiki is listed in the skills for this category.
- Click the hyperlinks in the N, I, or E columns.
- N = Novice
- I = Intermediate
- E = Expert
- T Stat Links = Total stats (this adds all novice, intermediate, and expert members with this skill).
You can now send an e-mail message to members with these skills, inviting them to join your project.