February 2022 Retrospective

Training Team works in monthly sprints. At the end of each sprint, we ask ourselves the following questions. Below is a compilation of the responses from the team:

What worked?

  • New contributors
  • Thoughtful reflection on improving 6.0
  • We are 99% ready to migrate TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. > GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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. https://github.com/ (more on that later today)
  • Some work toward the annual goals in addition to monthly content goals.
  • I’m really pleased to see all the new faces and new contributors
  • I did my first real review of a lesson. However, I need to go back and do further review because I did not realize the scope of the task. 
  • Loved to see new faces and contributors are joining in APAC meeting
  • I really like the positive momentum the team is building. It’s hard to quantify, but something is feeling different in a very positive way.

What didn’t work?

  • Ensuring all content for the month ahead is on the Sprint at the start of the month.
  • Creating more content
  • I need to pick a lane, stick to it, and finish a thing or two. I am juggling a BUNCH of lesson plans and I have a ton of quality content… but it’s on my computer. That helps no one. I am committing to putting quality content out there, faster, even if it is imperfect! That’s what reviews are for, right? 
  • When committing to sprint items, setting personally realistic dates for completion and sharing any changes to that commitment if I cannot keep those dates.
  • Not sure if this belongs to this topic but since I reviewed the CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. lesson, it became apparent that we need to find a way to identify for what version /theme a lesson is. The CSS lesson would not apply to FSE themes. Thoughts?
  • Would love to see a lesson plan for contributing or a beginners guide… there’s so much information I am not sure the best place to jump in
  • I see 2 forms for joining the team, one on Google Forms (linked in Trello) and one on .org to contact the team – should I submit both?

What will we do differently next time?

  • Ask folks to pick a date to finish tasks volunteered for (myself included) and when dates are missed, ask to recommit or turn it over for others to do.
    • I like this idea. It’s daunting because of how much the world is fluctuating right now, but it also encourages more communication.