Technical Collaboration Guidance
This page is currently a draft.
More information and discussion about changes to this draft may be on the discussion page.
This page in a nutshell: The TCG is a collection of suggested best practices for working with Wikimedia communities in software development. These best practices are not stand-alone processes.
The Technical Collaboration Guidance (TCG) allows Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Product teams and Wikimedia communities to work together in a systematic way. The TCG establishes best practices for inviting community involvement in the product development and deployment cycle. Its purpose is to document baseline expectations and points of reference for those that choose to use it.
The Technical Collaboration Guidance was created as part of a 2016/2017 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan goal for the Technical Collaboration team to create a systematic approach to community engagement for product development teams. The emphasis in the Technical Collaboration Guidance is on communication - consistency and reliability in sharing and discussing information with interested community members. The TCG explicitly does not focus on the processes of creating software, as development plans are unique to each product, and Product teams determine goals and expected outcomes for their work. Instead, for now the TCG helps to identify the who, what, when, where, and how community members can be reached so that they can participate in the processes that are set up for each project or product.