Hosting Community: Call for Goals

A few weeks ago during our weekly team meetings we talked about our Goals for the release of WordPress 5.6 and beyond. As we will have more then one goal and want to enable contributors to easily see where we are and towards which goals they can contribute we decided to give the method of “Objective and Key Results” a try. The polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. is already using OKRs since now nearly a year:

Having those OKRs public will also allow other teams to check towards which goals we are working and where they might could help us or our goals could help them.

@Crixu volunteered to setup a corresponding sheet to keep track of our objectives and the key results contributing towards them. But while having a method is great we also need to identify the goals we are setting ourselves for the release of WordPress 5.6. Once 5.6 was released we can decide on how to continue.

First draft of OKRs

Goals could include things like:

  • All hosts testing the latest WP Release
  • All hosts test the latest and upcoming PHPPHP PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a general-purpose scripting language especially suited to web development. PHP code is usually processed on a web server by a PHP interpreter. On a web server, the result of the interpreted and executed PHP code would form the whole or part of an HTTP response. Versions
  • All hosts test the latest and upcoming DatabaseDatabase A database is an organized collection of data. Access to this data is usually provided by a "database management system" (DBMS) consisting of an integrated set of computer software that allows users to interact with one or more databases and provides access to all of the data contained in the database. Because of the close relationship between them, the term "database" is often used casually to refer to both a database and the DBMS used to manipulate it. versions (Supported DB Systems only)
  • Our handbook is a complete collection you need to start to host your own WordPress websites

A good example on how to derive a key result from a objective is:

Objective: All hosts test the latest and upcoming PHP Versions
Key Result: The PHPUnit Test runner supports multiple entries per Host

Without this key result the hosts won’t be able to test multiple PHP versions without setting up multiple bot accounts. If we as a team deliver the functionality that a host can submit multiple entries with the same account we also enable them to test WordPress with various setups (Different PHP versions, different MariaDBMariaDB MariaDB is a fork of the MySQL relational database management system (RDBMS), intended to remain free and open-source software under the GNU General Public License. MariaDB intended to maintain high compatibility with MySQL, ensuring a drop-in replacement capability with library binary parity and exact matching with MySQL APIs and commands. Versions,…)

Your proposals

Now its your time: Use the comment section below to discuss about possible objectives and their resulting key results.

The deadline for the Call for Goals will be October 19th 2020 at 24:00:00 UTC

Afterwards we are collecting all ideas, grouping them and bring them up for discussion again in the upcoming weekly team meetings on October 21th 2020 at 9 AM UTC and October 21th 2020 at 6 PM UTC