Proposal “core-expansion-201704“ (Completed)Back

Title:Proposal: Core Team Expansion
Owner:babygiraffe
One-time payment: 1304 DASH (217731 USD)
Completed payments: 1 totaling in 1304 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2017-03-21 / 2017-04-19 (added on 2017-03-27)
Votes: 965 Yes / 42 No / 1 Abstain

Proposal description

This is a cross-post from the Dash Forum

This proposal authorizes the expansion of the core team to include recently posted C++ Developer positions and a large number of full-time and part-time roles. It represents the largest expansion of the core team to date, and will allow Dash to effectively compete for talent with the largest and best-funded projects in the cryptocurrency space.

The bulk of the expense will be within the development area, being led by Andy Freer. We aim to bring on C++ resources that are already experienced with cryptocurrency and the Bitcoin code base. Developers lacking this experience typically take 6-12 months to onboard and become fully productive. This is obviously expensive and time-consuming. Bringing on developers with crypto experience can cut this time to a couple of months, so we aim to poach talent from existing projects if possible and add other developers as needed to fill all 8 C++ positions.

Outside of the development area, we have a number of needs we've been unable to fill with volunteers or low-paid resources. These include roles in Project Management, Infrastructure, Marketing, and Quality Assurance.

Finally, we have identified new needs as the organization has grown. This proposal will also fund the hiring of a human resources director, and make Dash the very first cryptocurrency with an end-user support desk.

Since it appears that the core-team salaries proposal will pass, we should be able to bring all full-time hires within this proposal on at market rates, which will help ensure we can attract the required skills and retain them once they are fully productive.

If the proposal passes, we will begin hiring as quickly as possible. However, not all roles will fill immediately and actual costs may vary from this initial estimate based on the location and individuals we hire, as well as the pace with which we are able to onboard new roles.
Going forward, we will request funding for the actual expenses we are incurring.

This proposal would fund the following 16 full-time roles:
- Americas-based project manager
- EU-based project manager
- On-call infrastructure engineers (2) to provide full time-zone coverage
- Test engineers (2)
- Automation engineer
- Director of Human Resources
- DashCore C++ Developers (8)

This proposal would also fund the following 5 part-time roles:
- End-user helpdesk representatives (2)
- International Outreach & Social Media lead (to offload workload from Philipp)
- Wiki lead to ensure our wiki is properly maintained
- Evolution developer for backend API

What are the benefits to this proposed team expansion?

1) It will obviously greatly expand the development capacity of the team, which would enable greater speed, improved quality, greater specialization of roles, and the inclusion of more "optional" features into our products. 2) It will add to our project management capacity,
which is highly strained currently.
3) Our testing will be more robust and professional - including formal testing plans - resulting in fewer bugs upon release of new software
4) Our testing team will be able to assist third party integrations testing, such as testing a new business partner's Dash features before launch
5) We will be able to respond to issues and outages more quickly to key assets like our website, forum, development infrastructure, and other supporting tools.
6) It will enable us to automate routine tasks to make (primarily developers and testers) more productive
7) We can provide better HR support for our employees and contractors, research benefits options, and reduce risks to the network on employment-related issues - this will also free up capacity for myself, since I currently handle most of the HR-related tasks.
8) We will become the first cryptocurrency with end-user support provided through a professional helpdesk solution.
9) We will increase our capacity for marketing and international outreach

What is the cost of this expansion?

Total costs to expand the team to include the above roles is estimated at $120,800 per month. It represents a 66% increase in the number of paid positions, so this is a substantial expansion.

If you have any additional questions, please post them in the Dash Forum and tag @babygiraffe in your message to ensure I see your post.

Requested funding is as follows for the April 5th budget cycle:
Total: 1,303.55 Dash

Note: Should any funding remain, we will apply it toward future core team salary expenses.

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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1 point,2 months ago
Heyy @babygiraffe I'd like to apply for the position of project manager as well as outreach - How would I go about doing this please? #WomenOfDash
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-2 points,2 months ago
I continue to ask, why are these budgets denominated in Dash? It is obvious Dash is in a bull market. Denominating budget proposals in Dash makes budget proposals seem very dishonest and wasteful with the budget. Denominate them in USD till Dash becomes a stable currency.

By the time this budget gets approved, the amount of USD this budget will provide will most likely be double than what the proposer asked for.

At the time of this writing, each Dash is currently $67.35. Date is April 1, 2017.

1,304 Dash = $87,824 USD in today's price.

Accounting 101 my friends.
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0 points,2 months ago
Dear @babygiraffe I have extensive Project Engineering and Project Management experience. I would love to be involved with Dash and it's projects, how do I take this further?
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1 point,2 months ago
You should send an email to Robert Weicko (robert@dash.org). He leads that area.
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3 points,2 months ago
LOL, poach away! It's really great if good people are joining our team. That speaks volumes for Dash's Core team :) Thanks!
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1 point,2 months ago
I also wanted to say I'm glad we're getting HR
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0 points,2 months ago
Hello @babygiraffe &a team, I have a project engineering and project management background and have executed multiple multi billion dollar and small cap projects. Could you kindly let me know how I can apply or how I can be of further service?
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1 point,2 months ago
You should send an email to Robert Weicko (robert@dash.org). He leads that area.
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1 point,2 months ago
Great, an end user support desk, funded within the team. Well done guys. :)
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1 point,2 months ago
Easy upvote, questions:

- The focus on Europe could be much more intense, is a mkt that we should pursue much more than BTC. Any plans on that?
- Most of the positions are code-related and I am happy with that for Evolution, but shouldn't we expand the "business team" to push for real adoption?

Cheers ;)
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0 points,2 months ago
We do have plans to expand our coverage in Europe. We will be discussing those plans on the next quarterly call in about 4 weeks time.
Business team expansion plans are also in the works. We have an extremely full pipeline of real world use cases and many of those will begin coming to the forefront soon.
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1 point,3 months ago
Appreciate the transparency with funds. You have my votes.
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1 point,3 months ago
Full speed ahead!
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