Coming up: 2015 Community Summit

The 2015 community summit is next Wednesday and Thursday, December 2–3. There were a lot of great discussions last year, and I look forward to more this year and planning next steps for core.

Ahead of the community summit, the lead developers and committers are getting together to discuss a few overarching ideas, including project vision, core features (existing and future), code and contributor infrastructures, and the competitive landscape. The goal isn’t to dictate what comes next for WordPress. It’s unlikely that 20 fiercely independent and stubborn minds would come to a deep agreement in just two days, anyway. 😄 Rather, this initial smaller meetup will aim to bring some specific ideas to the community summit to encourage productive, focused workshopping and tangible outcomes.

Unconference Day

The first day of the community summit is an “unconference” day, where topics are proposed and discussed by groups. This day is meant for in-person interaction and a chance to talk through things that may be more sensitive or controversial. Like previous community summits, only session note takers should be using electronics. We all need to be able to feel comfortable having frank discussions without worrying about quotes or other snippets being posted publicly without context.

Topics will be wide-ranging and not necessarily focused on core; any attendee can participate in any topic. If you’re an attendee, you can suggest topics ahead of time in the community summit forum. Some additional topics may be collated from the committer meetup. Here are the notes from the 2012 summit and the CSS roadmap that came from the 2014 summit as examples.

There will be four 50-minute session slots and 8 group seating areas, with the possibility of doing smaller breakout groups on a related topic (e.g. component roadmaps) during a session. Each unconference session should produce notes and at least one action item. At least a few of those action items should be things that can be worked on the next day. Notes for core-related conversations will then be edited and posted here on Make/Core in the weeks that follow.

Work Day

The second day of the community summit is a work day. Here, we have two blocks totaling about six hours to fill, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Action items for the work day may include:

  • Improving documentation
  • Feature planning and roadmaps
  • Preparing for the Contributor Day on Sunday
  • 4.4 sprint, if necessary

What’s on your mind?

What things do you think we should discuss and work on at the community summit? Be sure to propose unconference topics on the community summit forum. Mention any potential work day items in the comments below, keeping in mind that it is six short hours with a limited number of people.

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