Recap of Training Team meetings, March 1 and 3, 2022

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday, March 1, 2022)
Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday, March 3, 2022)

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The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @courane01, @webtechpooja, @ndiego, @Paradigm5h1f7, @gudrun, @piermario, @arasae and @peteringersoll

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @webcommsat, @Courane01, and @nalininonstopnewsuk

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): @Julia, @Umesh Gupta, and @Viral Mehta

Meeting Note Takers

  • March 1 – @ndiego
  • March 8 – Volunteer needed
  • March 15 – Volunteer needed
  • March 22 – Volunteer needed
  • March 29 – Volunteer needed

News

Translating Content on LearnWP

Dion is still working on temporary solutions, knowing that GlotPress will be quite ways out yet. We don’t want to lose momentum on translation work, and hope to get more information soon.

Sources of Info for WordPress 6.0

  • March 29, 2022, is a feature freeze. This is the point at which we can begin assessing everything that would need to be revised or created related to 6.0.
  • April 12, 2022, is tentatively BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1 – This is the point where we can begin creating the text of new content
  • May 3, 2022, is tentatively Release CandidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1 – This is the point where we can safely take screenshots and videos.
  • May 24, 2022, is tentatively 6.0 release day

With eyes on 6.0 coming, @courane01 drafted a simple post linking to the relevant change logs from GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ and reached out to @mamaduka inquiring a rough estimate on what version of Gutenberg will make it in. So far, it might be either Gutenberg 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party version 12.9 or 13, but we will know more soon.

Waiting until Dev Notes reach #core to find what has changed is a bit late in creating release content. We’ll collaborate with #docs and #marketing team for a combined training session for this release, so we would deliver content for 6.0 as well.

In the new schedule for 6.0 there is a walkthrough of expected features on April 5.

Proposal: Faculty Program Structure

Largely we’re awaiting next steps for this to finalize. This subset of the team will vet applications to present, facilitate with subject matter experts, and more.

Courses Guidelines

@azhiyadev has compiled the suggested course guidelines and workflow after communicating with those who have so far created courses. This is a public preview link for you to review. Share any comments you might have in #training.

Time Changes

EMEA/Americas will adjust March 27 (when Europe shifts time). APAC meeting will remain on UTC time.

Guidelines for Approving Social Learning Spaces Facilitators

We are in the process of collecting the entire workflow from application to be a facilitator to hosting an event, including Zoom credentials and procedures. Much of the info is in the handbook, but obviously details like Zoom account login cannot be included there. We are working on systematizing that for a more organized response to applicants.

Sprint

Retrospective February 2022

Each month, the Training team works in Sprints. These are goals we hope to accomplish for that month. At the end of the month, we conduct a retrospective by asking ourselves few questions. For reference, here is last month’s retrospective: Retrospective January 2022.

What went well?

@courane01

  • 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.

@webtechpooja

  • I’m really pleased to see all the new faces and new contributors
  • Loved to see new faces and contributors are joining in APAC meeting :tada:

@gudrun

  • I did my first real review of a lesson. 

@arasae

  • 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 could we improve?

@courane01

  • Ensuring all content for the month ahead is on the Sprint at the start of the month.
  • Creating more content.
  • When committing to sprint items, setting personally realistic dates for completion and sharing any changes to that commitment if I cannot keep those dates.

@arasae

  • Personally, 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?

@gudrun

  • 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.

@Paradigm5h1f7

  • 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 :blush:

@nalininonstopnewsuk

  • I would suggest the navigation / UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. needs to be looked at in how attendees at APAC can process and interact with so many threads that take them to previous meetings during the actual meeting. (i.e. How can we improve Sprint retrospectives for APAC attendees? Full discussion here)

What will we do differently? 

@courane01

  • 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.

Trello > GitHub MigrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies.

@mdburnette, one of the #photos moderators, assisted the Training team on migrating from Trello to GitHub. After the Training meeting on March 1, the process began and was successful.

March 2022 Sprint

The March 2022 Team Sprint overview was published by Courtney. This month we’ll be working on this sprint. If anyone would like to pick any topic please comment on the p2 post or drop a message in #training.

Workshop Published this Week

  1. Intro to the Site Editor and Template Editor thanks @west7

Upcoming Social Learning Spaces

  1. Templates and Template Parts
  2. Showcasing Content with Query Loops
  3. Getting to know the WordPress Dashboard
  4. Gutenberg Developer Hours

Open Discussions

@ndiego put together a proposal for additional Social Learning Spaces in March and moving forward. After a review and team discussion, the first two proposed SLSs were approved will be scheduled for March with the assistance of @arasae.

@gudrun asked about adding an additional labels to identify lessons and where they are applicable, such as FSE versus Classic themes. @courane01 indicated that a standard phrase for pre-FSE would be good to add to lesson plans that are not applicable in an FSE environment.

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