Recap for Training Team meeting August 31, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found at this link

Introductions and Welcome

In attendance: @azhiyadev, @Courane01, @yoga1103, @webtechpooja, @webcommsat, @Nalininonstopnewsuk

Welcome new channel: @swish @siobhyb @nsuresha @westnz


Badges for courses Please continue to share and provide comments if you haven’t had a chance yet. The proposal is to enable learners to demonstrate what they have learnt on Learn by issuing them with badges linked to their .org profile. We would love to get feedback from employers who may look at .org profiles when considering employment.

Brand Guidelines proposal These have now been published on the Learn Handbook. They indicate how brands can be used and/or mentioned on Learn WordPress. Thank you to everyone who commented on the post. As a result of these being published, we have unblocked reviews on quite a few lesson plans. Confirmed after the meeting by @hlashbrooke that these brand guidelines only apply within LearnWP and not elsewhere in the project.

WCUS speaker application We are awaiting feedback from the team and as soon as we have more information we will let you know.

Translation Days Like captioning, translating captions is also beneficial for global WordPress users. Training will host at least 1 subtitling session working session for LearnWP in the last half of September in conjunction with #polyglots WordPress Translator Day.@Webtechpooja will help us coordinate with Polyglots. Date is yet to be decided, checking availability in between Sept 17-30, 2021. In addition, there is now an article on Learn metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. about this. Workshop Caption (Subtitle) Translation.

Windows Testers needed for Dev Testing Environment – If anyone is available to test setting up a dev testing environment on Windows please join the conversation in slack. Your efforts will go towards creating the lesson plan.


August Sprint Retrospective

What went well?

  • Completed several lesson plans, captioning, and handbook also new team members this month and coffee hours
  • It felt like a TON was accomplished by the team: Brand Guidelines, Badges, Conversation about Slides platofrm, WCUS application, translations. I’m sure I’m missing a few things, but wow!
  • Worked on the rough draft of a potential future course, which is brand new. That outline and much of the content is done, but I’m still polishing.
  • I feel like we accomplished a lot this month particularly brand guidelines, captioning, solution for slides and APAC meeting

What could we improve?

  • Improve onboarding more contributors for roles like proofreading, note taking, and other short chunks of contribution
  • Every different piece I mentioned has some friction to get involved with…knowing where the discussion is happening, how to get involved is still tricky.
  • Onboarding process still needs work

What will we do differently?

  • Continue to help everyone get familiar with processes and opportunities
  • Document processes (and get feedback on processes!) to make future courses easier for future contributors to work with.
  • Finding smaller chunks of work for people to work on

Retrospective Summary

Looking through the feedback it seems there is a consensus around onboarding and making it easier for people to contribute. Courtney is working on a course this month for Contributing to the Training team this will help make it easier for people to know where to go and what to do.

Some discussion ensued regarding how best to onboard new folks. If you are interested in helping with this process, please join the conversation on slack.

Our proposed Sprint for September.

Please have a look at let us know if there is anything you are working on that you will like us to add or if you want to work on any of the lesson plans listed.

The Sprint tracks what we will be working on next.

Lesson plans that we had put on hold pending the brand guidelines will be added to the September sprint shortly.

Open Discussions

Two topics were posted during the open discussion but neither saw much immediate interaction prior to meeting close. If you have thoughts on either of these, please join the conversation on slack.

@arasae: Perhaps making space in this meeting to ask questions like, “How do I take notes? What is something I could help with today? I don’t know where to start on the TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example: board, what would you suggest?” could spark conversation.

@Nalininonstopnewsuk could we include what resources people will need to take part in the sprints? Eg google docs, etc. Agreed.

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