Test Team Reps for 2021+

Two candidates were nominated during the open nomination period, both of whom accepted their nominations. The new Test Team Reps for 2021 (and beyond) are Piotr Boniu (@boniu91) and Tonya Mork (@hellofromtonya)!

Meet Piotr Boniu

Piotr is fascinated by WordPress since 8 years. Firstly, it was just a fun for him, later it became a way to live. He attends WordCamps whenever possible since WCEU 2017 in Paris. In 2019 in Brighton he was a speaker.

Within the project, he served as the 5.9 Test Lead.

In his career, he’s transitioning into technical product management for a WordPress performance product company, after having previously served as a QA Engineer and Technical Support Engineer.

On the personal side, Piotr is a resident of Canary Islands, previously lived in Madrid and Warsaw. He resides in a small town called Puerto de la Cruz with a girlfriend and his two cats. He’s obsessed with technology and gadgets that are making life easier, his free time is filled with hiking, sports and swimming in the ocean.

You can read more about him on his profile page.

Meet Tonya Mork

Tonya Mork @hellofromtonya

Tonya is a leader, architect, engineer (software and electrical), educator, and learner. She became hooked on contributing during the 5.6 release cycle. She saw the impact the Test Team can and could have on the project. She brings her empowerment and transformational approach to help the team rebuild itself, help fuel continuous improvement, and help contributors get started, gain and grow their skills, and grow their impact.

Within the project, she served as the 5.6 and 5.7 Triage Lead, coached the 5.8 triage and test release squad, is a Build/Test Tooling co-maintainer, and is a full-time contributor (as of February).

Outside of the project, she’s likely best known as a developer educator. She’s been leading and advising multi-disciplined engineering teams for over 3 decades in the areas of architecture, quality, testing, performance, and operations.

On the personal side, Tonya lives in a small fishing village on the NW coast of Lake Michigan in the US with her spouse (celebrated their 35th anniversary this year), dog (who thinks he’s a cat), and cat (who thinks he’s a dog and ruler of the house).

You can read more about her journey on HeroPress and her profile page.

#build-test-tools, #team-reps

Test Team Reps: Call for Nominations

The Test Team has been without reps for years (see slack thread). With the team’s revival, it’s time to nominate (and then elect) team reps (i.e. an abbreviation for team representative).

What are Team Reps?


  • They represent the team
  • Quantity: 1 to 2
  • Main tasks: mostly administrative
  • Weekly time commitment: ~1 hour per week
  • Term: 1 year
  • Full details: read here
  • Who: see the qualifications below

Team reps are responsible for communicating on behalf of the team to the other contributor groups and teams via weekly updates and cross-team chats.

In the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, each team has on average one or two reps. While some teams have more than two, I propose we stick with electing one to two reps for this term. For the historians out there, this role goes way back to 2012.

It is not called “team lead” for a reason. While people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, remember that the team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. role is designed to change hands regularly.

Team Rep is a leadership role that is mostly administrative in nature; it is not a Lead role. Letting go of the Team Rep title is not a loss of status, just a handing off of responsibilities. Someone who is a leader in a team can lead whether they are doing the team rep job or not.

from Team Reps on Updates

What are the main tasks?

  • Posting a weekly update of the team’s activity in Updates
  • Raising any issues or red flags that other teams should be aware of or discussing
  • Keeping an eye on the moving parts of the team to be able to report for quarterly updates: team’s current top priority, most recent priority, challenges, and big win(s) (example)
  • Writing the agenda for the biweekly team chat (example)
  • Facilitating the team’s weekly meetings: e.g. test triage (example) and team chat (example)

What are the qualifications?

A rep is an active team member who is reliable and trusted, advocates for and is knowledgeable of one or more areas of testing, and wants to represent, nurture, and grow the team to serve the WordPress open source project.

How Do I Nominate Someone?


  • Where: in this post’s comments or privately via DM in Making WordPress slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.
  • Deadline: Monday, August 2
  • Do you have to accept a nomination? No

We nominate people in the comments of this post. You can write a comment as simple as “I nominate @the_persons_username.” Self-nominations are welcome by leaving a comment such as “I nominate myself.” If you want to nominate someone in private, please reach out to me (@hellofromtonya) on Slack.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 2.

Each person who is nominated will be contacted to discuss qualifications and to accept or decline their nomination.

If you get nominated, please do not feel like you have to say “yes”! It’s okay for you to decline the nomination if you don’t feel like this is the right fit for any reason. “Thank you, but no thank you” 😉

How Will the Election Work?

If there are enough accepted nominations that an election is necessary, then we’ll use an anonymous poll for the election (example). The poll will remain open for 2 weeks.

Once the results are done, the new team rep(s) will be announced in a post (example).

Call for Test Team Rep Nominations!

Ready? It’s time to nominate people to serve for a year as our Test Team Reps.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments. Happy nominating!

#build-test-tools, #team-reps