Recap for Training Team Meeting November 30, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

In attendance: @Webtechpooja @rkohilakis @alexstine @azhiyadev @arasae @courane01 @femkreations @boogah @peteringersoll @onealtr @tantienhime

Welcoming the newcomers joining the team (Slack usernames): @agentbzr @costdev


Meeting Note Takers

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  1. November 30 – @femkreations  – Today
  2. December 7
  3. December 14
  4. December 21 – @Webtechpooja
  5. December 28 – no meeting
  6. January 4
  7. January 11

We are looking for note-takers for December, Interested? Let us know!

Team Goal Setting 2022

It has been a few years since we last set goals for the year ahead. We will have a planning session on December 7 at 7 PM UTC. Reach out to @hlashbrooke if you want an invite. We do anticipate this meeting to last more than one hour, and likely have follow-up tasks and perhaps meetings to scope out 2022.

Upcoming events

  1. Discussion groups/social learning spaces
  2. State of the Word
  3. Related – please complete the WP 2021 Survey in red at the top of .org sites

Editing Roles

Proposal for a Lesson Plan Editor role:
The term Workshop Reviewer began on

As we consider how the team audits and with an upcoming faculty (deputy) team, we realized updating the label for the role and clarifying what an editor can do became important.

We’ve had a need for folks to edit and audit content across the entire Learn siteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at which is often referred to as the "Learn" site., but have had a few mishaps of content being published that didn’t follow the guidelines of the site. A final review by those vetting content would be helpful. We do have means of storing revised content on the site before changes are made public.


For those of you that are new here, we are using the Sprint methodology to track our work on a monthly basis.

November Sprint

As it is the end of the month, we will go over what we planned for this month and reflect on the following:

  1. What went well?
  2. What could we improve?
  3. What will we do differently?



  1. We are making incremental progress on publishing lesson plans that mention brands. We’ve reached out to the companies related for review. We’ve added RSS for all Learn content types + GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. issues (and already had our 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: notifications coming in) for more visibility on team activity.  Team members are asking more questions publicly or holding conversation in the main channel. Planned a team goal setting meeting.
  2. Improve: finish auditing all content for custom taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. that would make identifying what to revise for WP 5.9 easier. Also this month saw the term Social Learning Spaces appear in place of Discussion Groups. The team as a whole was unaware of this changeover or reasoning, and thus unable to answer questions from others about the rename.
  3. Continue encouraging all team members to share updates and ask questions here in the team channel. Consider GitHub Projects for Site Functionality Roadmap, and possibly move Trello Content Roadmap to GitHub projects.


  1. Scheduling of note takers was excellent. we can continue this for our next meetings
  2. We can plan auditing our existing lesson plans according to upcoming releases and can include in our monthly sprint. so all our lessons plans will be up to date.
  3. we can divide lesson plans or courses into sections and allow contributor to pick that section according to their comfort for eg. If any course (pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party development), so anyone can volunteer for preparing outline and then another can pick any topic form the outline.


  1. A lot of new content was added to Learn, which is exciting, including new course formats — they need work, and some thoughtful changes could improve the user experience for everyone, but–it’s a step forward. I also really appreciated working in the open in this channel; I appreciated a lot of the conversations that we had.
  2. A lot of what has been published on Learn doesn’t seem to be reflected in the sprint from November.
  3. What can we do differently to make sure we’re all on the same page content-wise without slowing down the speed of production? Maybe I’m just not caught up from the holiday, but it feels like there is room for improvement here.


What went well?

  • Getting a schedule for note takers
  • A few workshops were published (thanks @arasae @west7)
  • We’ve made some progress with lesson plans covering brands with some brands coming forward to take ownership of updating the lesson plans
  • We published our first course (thanks @arasae)
  • 10 issues closed on GitHub

What could we improve?

  • Thinking about what we planned for this month, we still have a number of lesson plans with owners that haven’t moved forward. We need to identify why this is the case, is it process, time, or other factor that is blocker? Should we be planning this more in line with releases? I think that our Goal Setting workshop will help with this.

What could we do differently?

  • Align team Sprints with goal setting for 2022
  • I would love to see a Contributor onboarding course

December Planning

@azhiyadev : We are holding off creating new content until we assess what’s included in the 5.9 release. We especially need help reviewing lesson plans for versions of WordPress depicted and workshops for WP version + Included Content taxonomies.  If anyone is working on anything, they can continue to work on this for December.

@arasae : Have a few workshops that are currently in various stages of development (keeping your site secure, migrating/cloning a site)

@courane01 : Is tracking the specifics of what should be updated here. At this time, workshops need to be fully audited and then notes added to the spreadsheet for what specifically to update.

We will be scheduling a working session for 5.9.

We will have our goal setting session, which will feed into our work for 2022.

@rkohilakis and @west7: are working on a user facing FSE course.  But due to the scale of it, they are going to break it into two parts for cognitive load. And have at least one part published before the release in Jan.

Open Discussions

@courane01 : will get back to the Contributor course soon.

@azhiyadev : thinks that we need to make sure that we capture what everyone is doing on the Sprint. If you are working on something and it’s not listed there, please let us know by adding it as a comment onto the post. Additionally, if the work we have posted on there is no longer relevant, please let us know.

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