This page contains additional information surrounding the Formal Mentoring program in the USA. It not mandatory reading or official policy, but it is useful and interesting information.
This set of guidelines is the basic core element of the Waze Formal Mentoring effort in the USA. It was created by researching a number of existing mentoring programs from industry, personal experience of the primary author in conducting mentoring within the workplace, and adapted with knowledge of the Waze Community and their objectives. The word "Formal" was added to create "Formal Mentoring" only as a way to distinguish this effort from the broad set of mentoring important efforts, of one Wazer helping another, that go on within the Waze community every day. That "Informal Mentoring" is essential to the Waze community, but is different than Formal Mentoring.
This core set of guidelines can be applied independently of any process or management structure that creates a Formal Mentoring Program. Therefore it can be used by individuals wanting a more formal agreement to mentoring. It can also be applied to create a mentoring program in another region or country.
What to talk about during your first session and beyond
You may want to venture beyond the strict confines of Waze editing, beyond technical engagement with your Mentor-Mentee relationship, in your conversations from time to time. This helps foster a friendly and less rigid environment, and builds a personal relationship with trust between the participants. Some ideas to consider discussing include:
- Topics, and experiences that surround your involvement in Waze.
- If you're comfortable, you can discuss your life and occupation outside of editing.
- Both your backgrounds and interests surrounding your involvement in Waze
- Mentoring expectations for both
- Time commitment during mentoring and how long it will last
Do's and don'ts to enhance the mentoring relationship
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Alternate communication options
Some alternate methods of communication may be offered by specific mentors, if you feel any of these would work better for you, feel free to ask. We will try to accommodate;
- Private Messages (PMs)
- Personal Email
- Forum topic dialogue
- Live chat (e.g., Google Hangouts, Slack, IM, WME Chat, etc.)
- Video chat (e.g., Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.)
- Screen sharing, and remote desktop (e.g., Google Hangouts, Chrome Remote Desktop, etc.)
- Telephone conversations
- Text messages
- In-person meetings
For some more communication tools listed with their pros and cons, see the WME Chat page.
Ending a formal mentorship
It is always a good idea to specifically communicate that your mentoring relationship is over, so that both of your expectations are clear. This does not prevent future interactions or even another Formal Mentoring arrangement between you.
Either party of the Mentoring relationship can suggest to the other when they no longer are able, or need to continue the arrangement. Primarily this will be because the agreed upon goals have been achieved. This may also be due to other reasons (e.g. other events in real life, lack of time, your skills levels and needs are no longer the best match, etc.).
When you've reached the end of your Mentoring please let the Mentor clearly know that you want to end the arrangement, and why. Ask the mentor about any rank or role modifications (not all promotions are permanent), and discuss the extent of future interaction with each other.
You may consider discussing what you've learned from each other, and the next steps to take on your quest be a better editor.
All the Mentoring program pages are linked in the box below. New pages can be added to this list by clicking here.