Recap of Training Team meetings, March 29 and 31, 2022

Slack Log for EMEA/Americas Meeting (Tuesday, March 29, 2022)
Slack Log for APAC Meeting (Thursday, March 31, 2022)

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The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

Attendance EMEA/Americas Meeting: @courane01, @artdecotech, @ndiego, @caraya, @webtechpooja, @maxmindstudio, @azhiyadev, @chaion07, @glycymeris, @arasae, and @piyopiyofox

Attendance APAC Meeting: @webtechpooja, @ndiego, @peiraisotta, @afshanadiya, and @west7

Welcoming the newcomers joining the Training team in the last week (Slack usernames): @Mira Padalia@Bilal Ahmed@Matta, and @rherault

Meeting Note Takers


Team Meetings, Office Hour, and Coffee Hour Time Changes

This week’s meeting was shifted due to most attendees being in EMEA/North Americas and preferred common (daylight) time. We switched when Europe changed clocks.

The weekly Office Hour has not found much attendance. Therefore, folks are encouraged to leave questions in the channel throughout the week async, and office hours will be discontinued for now. If we find a need again, we can revisit.

Coffee Hour(s) has been a success and facilitates more interaction within the teams that Make WordPress. We currently are hosting coffee hours on Fridays. We will start exploring rotating timezones for these but will maintain 1 Coffee Hour per week.

Draft Content Development GitHub Workflow

@azhiyadev has mapped out the entire workflow for Lesson Plans and Workshops in conjunction with @courane01 and @webtechpooja. The goal is to facilitate team contributions for content development, better track the contributions, and also, when possible, explore additional cross-team collaboration.

You can find the projects for the Training team/Learn at

The map has been divided into the following frames to mimic a streamlined version of our current workflow:

  1. Submit Content Ideas
  2. Monthly Sprint Review – Next Up Can You Help
  3. Drafts in Progress
  4. Review and Publish (this is the biggest workflow, and we may break it down)

The team is also working toward splitting up the vetting process. For example: with workshops, both the topic AND the presenter need to be vetted. We’d like to keep the presenter vetting in Helpscout for a measure of privacy, but all content ideas to go through 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. issue submissions for transparency and open-source ideas. The goal is to leverage GitHub as much as possible.

March Sprint Retrospective

Content Development – March Sprint breakdown

Next Up/You Can Help – Content not yet assigned to anyone

  1. Lesson Plans
    1. RevisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision.: 12
    2. New Content: 9
  2. Workshops
    1. Revisions: 8
    2. New Content: 12

Drafts in Progress – Claimed by contributors but are still in draft

  1. Lesson Plans
    1. Revisions: 7
    2. New Content: 12
  2. Workshops
    1. Revisions: 1
    2. New Content: 11
  3. Courses: 1

Review in Progress – Completed content still under review

  1. Lesson Plans: 0


  • Workshops: 4
  • Lesson Plans: 3

Website Development – March Sprint breakdown

  1. From the Sprint, one issue was closed.
  2. In total, 4 issues were closed.
  3. 32 are currently open.

Training Team Administration – March Sprint breakdown

  1. From the Sprint, 2 issues were closed.
  2. 3 are still outstanding.


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 a few questions. For reference, here is last month’s retrospective: February 2022 Retrospective.

We will publish the retrospective post for March by April 1, 2022. For convenience, the contributor responses to the retrospective questions in Slack are linked below:

April Sprint Planning

The following will need to be done in April:

There is still a lot of content that needs to be completed for 5.9. The March 2022 Sprint only shows the items that are of high priority. With the move to GitHub, we will be looking at ways to better present this information.

Open Discussions

Carlos mentioned that he sees a many “how to use” lesson plans for specific plugins (Yoast, WordFence, W3 Total Cache). He asked if those lessons also mention alternatives or is there an implicit endorsement of one 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 over others. This opened up a good discussion about brand guidelines and if future lesson plans should be made more generic. @artdecotech provided that example: “How to use plugins for SEO” over “How to use Yoast.”

@tacoverdo (Yoast) then asked if it is possible to link out to existing training resources instead of creating a duplicate on Learn? E.g., the free Yoast SEO course in the Yoast SEO Academy. This appears to be no clear guidance on this. @courane01 will put together a team post later this week to ask people to weigh in.

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