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=== Getting Started<br>  ===
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}} [[Image:Icon project.png|right|100px|Icon project.png]] When starting a new project, one key to success is in the planning that is done before the project begins. The following are vital to a successful project:
  
:When starting a new project, one key to success is in the planning that is done before the project begins. The following are vital to a successful project:
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=== Identify a Project Leader  ===
  
:#'''Identify a Project Leader '''who can define what it is you want to accomplish and how, and be able to communicate a clear picture of what the project will do. The project leader will take care of the following or assign others to do so:  
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:A project leader can define what it is you want to accomplish and how, and be able to communicate a clear picture of what the project will do. The project leader will take care of the following or assign others to do so:  
:#*Clearly define the scope of the project  
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:*Clearly define the scope of the project  
:#*Recruit individuals who can help with the project  
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:*Recruit individuals who can help with the project  
:#*Hold regular meetings or discussions on where things are, give kudos, etc.  
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:*Hold regular meetings or discussions on where things are, give kudos, etc.  
:#*Train and give individual attention to volunteers to do the tasks spelled out<br><br>  
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:*Train and give individual attention to volunteers to do the tasks spelled out<br><br>
:#'''Name the project and create the project pages'''. For more details about naming new WikiProject pages, see [[FamilySearch Wiki:Naming Conventions for Project Pages]]
 
:#*Create a Welcome page to:
 
:#:#Tell about the project
 
:#:#Give a spot where people can sign up to participate
 
:#:#Summarize where the project is and what currently needs help
 
:#:#Explain how the project members will communicate with each other going forward. Possibilities are:
 
:#:#*Wiki project pages
 
:#:#*FamilySearch Wiki forums
 
:#:#*Skype
 
:#:#*Regular meetings through MeetingPlace <br>&nbsp;
 
:#*Define tasks and create pages to explain the various tasks. Make the tasks simple so that someone new to the wiki doesn't feel overwhelmed with the scope of the work. On each task page, define task and include sign-up sheet for task that includes three columns:
 
:#:*Task description
 
:#:*Assigned to
 
:#:*Date complete<br><br>
 
:#'''Seek volunteers '''to help
 
:#*Let people know in the FamilySearch Wiki forums that a new project has been created
 
:#*Look at who has contributed to existing pages in that topic area in the past and invite them to join in on the project
 
:#*Invite those in the community who have special knowledge about research in this area to be a part of the project. One way to find them is through bloggers at [http://www.geneabloggers.com Geneabloggers] (see [http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs-type/ a list of bloggers by type]).
 
  
=== <br>Running a Project - Best Practices ===
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=== Name the project, and create the project pages &amp; tasks ===
  
:#Meet - or at the very least communicate - on a regular basis
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:*'''Name your project:''' Following these conventions will help your project be found:
:#Give individual attention to those getting started - those either new to the project, or new to a task
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::#The name of the project should begin with the word "FamilySearch Wiki" and followed by a colon, ":"
:#Create a Summary table where everything is displayed with what is and isn't done is a motivating factor - you want to get the blanks filled out.  
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::#After the colon type the word "WikiProject"
:#Keep a list current of what tasks have been completed and where you are on various other tasks in the project (very important to the ongoing "health" of the project)
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::#Then type the name of the project.
:#Define "Sprints" - periods of time where you want to get specific things done - and communicate those out to the volunteers<br>
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::#*Example: FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah
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::Add the new project to the list on the Projects Seeking Contributors page, under the subject heading that is related to the new project<br>
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:*'''Create a Welcome page''' that:
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::#Includes general information about the project
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::#Gives an area where people can sign up to participate
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::#Shows what stage the project is in (kept up to date) and what currently needs help
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::#Explains how the project members will communicate with each other going forward. (See #3 below for more information.)<br>
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::You can create your Welcome page on your own or you can use this [[FamilySearch Wiki:Creating a Wikiproject using a template|template]] to help get you started.
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:*'''Define tasks''' and create pages to explain the various tasks. Make the tasks simple so that someone new to the wiki doesn't feel overwhelmed with the scope of the work. On each task page, add the description of the task and a include sign-up sheet for the tasks that give information about the task, a spot for people to sign up, when the task is completed, etc.
  
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=== Decide how you will communicate  ===
  
=== See Also: ===
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Frequent communication is vital to the success of a project. Some options are:  
  
:*[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject]]
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:*'''Regular meetings in MeetingPlace'''<br>Sometimes regular meetings over the phone can help kick start a project. When having regular meetings, however, be sure that the information discussed is tracked on Wiki pages so that those who can't attend are kept up to date.
:*[[FamilySearch Wiki:Naming Conventions for Project Pages]]
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:*'''WikiProject discussion pages'''<br>Discussion pages keep the conversation together with the project
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:*'''FamilySearch Wiki Forums'''<br>Forums help with threaded messages
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:*'''Skype'''<br>Skype is a great instant messaging tool for more immediate group communication<br>
  
[[Category:WikiProjects]] [[Category:Help]]
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=== Seek volunteers to help  ===
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:(''This piece is so important that it gets a spot on this page, plus its own page''.)
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:Bringing in volunteers and promoting your WikiProject is the best way to get the project off the ground and bring it to completion. Plus, working with others is so much more fun than doing it all yourself! That's what the wiki is all about, community working together.
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:See the [[FamilySearch Wiki:Promoting a WikiProject|Promoting a WikiProject]] page for specific places where you can talk about the project and look for volunteers.
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[[Category:WikiProjects]] [[Category:Help|Create a new WikiProject]]

Revision as of 07:29, 24 December 2012

About WikiProjects Create a project Promote a project Manage a project
Icon project.png
When starting a new project, one key to success is in the planning that is done before the project begins. The following are vital to a successful project:

Identify a Project Leader

A project leader can define what it is you want to accomplish and how, and be able to communicate a clear picture of what the project will do. The project leader will take care of the following or assign others to do so:
  • Clearly define the scope of the project
  • Recruit individuals who can help with the project
  • Hold regular meetings or discussions on where things are, give kudos, etc.
  • Train and give individual attention to volunteers to do the tasks spelled out

Name the project, and create the project pages & tasks

  • Name your project: Following these conventions will help your project be found:
  1. The name of the project should begin with the word "FamilySearch Wiki" and followed by a colon, ":"
  2. After the colon type the word "WikiProject"
  3. Then type the name of the project.
    • Example: FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah
Add the new project to the list on the Projects Seeking Contributors page, under the subject heading that is related to the new project
  • Create a Welcome page that:
  1. Includes general information about the project
  2. Gives an area where people can sign up to participate
  3. Shows what stage the project is in (kept up to date) and what currently needs help
  4. Explains how the project members will communicate with each other going forward. (See #3 below for more information.)
You can create your Welcome page on your own or you can use this template to help get you started.
  • Define tasks and create pages to explain the various tasks. Make the tasks simple so that someone new to the wiki doesn't feel overwhelmed with the scope of the work. On each task page, add the description of the task and a include sign-up sheet for the tasks that give information about the task, a spot for people to sign up, when the task is completed, etc.

Decide how you will communicate

Frequent communication is vital to the success of a project. Some options are:

  • Regular meetings in MeetingPlace
    Sometimes regular meetings over the phone can help kick start a project. When having regular meetings, however, be sure that the information discussed is tracked on Wiki pages so that those who can't attend are kept up to date.
  • WikiProject discussion pages
    Discussion pages keep the conversation together with the project
  • FamilySearch Wiki Forums
    Forums help with threaded messages
  • Skype
    Skype is a great instant messaging tool for more immediate group communication

Seek volunteers to help

(This piece is so important that it gets a spot on this page, plus its own page.)
Bringing in volunteers and promoting your WikiProject is the best way to get the project off the ground and bring it to completion. Plus, working with others is so much more fun than doing it all yourself! That's what the wiki is all about, community working together.
See the Promoting a WikiProject page for specific places where you can talk about the project and look for volunteers.


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