Recap for Training Team Meeting October 26, 2021

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The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Introductions and Welcome

In attendance: @rkohilakis @arasae @courane01 @azhiyadev @alexstine @onealtr @tantienhime

Welcoming the newcomers joining the team (Slack usernames): @thomassausen @Reetu @Gianluca Barranca @Amanda McElvain @Yeasin Arafat @Devin Maeztri


  1. Welcome and Help Scout Wranglers – we are still looking for team members interested in managing account access to Learn/Training team sites, and answering any questions for new people. This could also include helping new team members draft meeting recaps, pointing them to specific content in the handbook, and more. Interested? Let us know!
  2. Meeting Note Takers@kemmy99 volunteered this week to write the recap post. This can be done during meeting or within a day or so after meetings are concluded. We are still seeking additional volunteers, and perhaps we would like to build a regular rotation of folks willing to do this task. It’s a great way to get started and contribute to the team.
  3. A Dedicated Volunteer Program for the Training Team – This could use additional comments. This would be similar to the deputies in #community-team but with roles and tasks specific to the Training team needs. @arasae likes the idea of a rotation. People can learn what to expect before they do it for the first time.
  4. Meeting Time Changes – If you haven’t voted, please do this now. @azhiyadev will share the results before the end of the meeting.
  5. Contributor Days –with WP Engine. In conjunction with WP Engine, the Training will host an onboarding session for contributors interested in working on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. WP Engine will host this from 8 am PDT on October 29 to 8 am PDT on October 31. This is an open opportunity for ALL contributors, not specific to this organization. All are welcome to come and learn how to get started creating content on LearnWP. If you would like to help promote the event reshare the following:
  6. Documentation for faculty program with Automattic – the week of November 8, @hughlashbrooke, @arasae, @rkohilakis, @west7, and more will be working on handbook documentation for all the workflows and processes our team goes through for all the content on Learn. If you are interested, comment in #training on Slack.  More details to come soon on when these folks will be working on this.
  7. Comments needed on 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. about Workshops


Monthly team retrospective and a look ahead at the November Sprint

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


Learn Content – 9 video workshops completed this month.

  1. Managing Spam on Your Website
  2. Best Practices for Capturing Images
  3. Customer Taglines
  4. How to Create a Post or Page with the WordPress Block Editor
  5. Managing Settings: Writing
  6. How to Submit a Workshop
  7. Using the Block Widget Editor 
  8. Managing Settings: Reading
  9. How to Submit a Lesson Plan

Learn Maintenance – 11 issues closed on GitHub most notably:

Thank you to everyone who has worked on these tickets.

October Retrospective

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



  1. I’m glad that I broke up my Settings workshop into smaller chunks.  It will make it easier for learners looking for a specific piece of how to use settings and allowed me to make it more scenario based.
  2. Now that I’m getting the hang of my new job, contributing to the training team, and making workshops – I want to make sure the content I am contributing is super relevant to what is going on with the rest of the WordPress world 


I really appreciate the amount of thoughtful work that is going into everything. Looking at the list of accomplishments makes me feel so proud of ya’ll. Let’s keep that going!

  1. As I work on my own course + the “how to make a course”, I want to figure out a better way to break it down that makes it more manageable and chunked.
  2. Still working on the “how” as far as manageable and chunked.


  1. Well: Videos in my personal backlog published
  2. Improve: I am setting aside content creation time as a separate contribution on my own calendar that is not to be interrupted by other ways I contribute and sticking to it. Basically, having times I do behind the scenes whatever stuff vs content creation time.
  3. Differently: hm, thinking about that still.


  1. The idea to convert existing lesson plans into video workshops has resulted in more content being produced. I’m looking forward to seeing all our Lesson plans (where possible) have a corresponding video workshop. The engagement that we’ve had with Yoast and GoDaddy Contributor days – I want to see more of these.
  2. I think we still need to work on our onboarding process and I’m so happy that we’ve got the videos on creating a lesson plan and video workshop.
  3. Getting a better handle of the activity on GitHub, I need dedicate time to this. Remove the unnecessary sections in our Sprint where there is no activity so that it is easier to read.

November Sprint

Here’s a preview link (as it is not yet posted). If you want us to remove something, please let the team know.

You may notice that we’ve listed a number of Lesson Plans under “Audit”. The majority of these are branded content,  that could be published. There is a number that needs to be vetted to ensure they meet our brand guidelines and have been given the go-ahead by the company.

There are at least 3 lesson plans that could potentially be published and may only require a few updates:

  1. Coding Best Practice
  2. Introduction to Common Plugins
  3. Building a Sitemap for a Site

If you are interested in working on these, please us know The November Sprint is set to be published on November 1, 2021. There is time to add or remove items.

  • @arasae is going to work on video workshops for:
    • Video Workshops:
      • Migrate, Copy, or Clone a Site
      • Adding Demo Content
      • Keeping WP Websites Secure
    • Lesson Plans
      • QueryLoops which can then be turned into a video workshop
    • Courses
  • @roxy is going to work on a Full Site Editing course for Users
  • @Courtney will be helping to create lesson plans as well

Open Discussion

@rkohilakis asked about threading in meetings as the #acessiblity team avoids this. @alexstine that it was more of a visual thing. Some people may have trouble visually identifying if a message contains a thread. The team decided to keep attendance organized in a thread and aim not to thread other things.

Results of Team Meeting Time Changes Poll

  1. EMEA and Amercias will meet at 5PM UTC.
  2. @hughlashbrook will announce the APAC meeting time.
    1. Lesson Plans
    2. Tutorials
    3. Courses
    4. Online Workshops
    5. Pathways to Learn WordPress
  2. Getting Involved
    1. GitHub Website Development
    2. GitHub Content Development
    3. What We Are Currently Working On This Month
  3. About The Team
  4. Our Team Blog

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