Recap for Training Team Meeting on December 8, 2020

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Attendance: @courane01, @onealtr, @geheren, @oglekler, @webcommsat, @meher, @nalininonstopnewsuk, @rastaban

Meeting led by: @onealtr

Upcoming team meetings

Friday 11 December 2020 at 11:00 UTC

Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 17:00 UTC

Introduction and Welcome 

  • Welcome to new Contributor Hetvi Patel

Congrats and Thanks

For anyone new, we want to acknowledge contributions made to the team so please fill out our contact form, if you haven’t already done so. It will also help us provide you with access to various Training team accounts.

What we are working on now

We are currently working on these last steps before launching Learn.WordPress.org on December 15!

  • @courane01 said we are nearly done with tasks for launch!
  • One of the last big projects is a “partial landing page” so when someone visits the Lessons Plans page, things are laid out a bit better and more organized. @evarlese has been working on this. Currently, they are digging back to one of our design team collaborators who originally worked on the InVision layout @courane01 shared last Friday to get parts of this working.
  • @courane01 said there are still 2 lesson plans that need to be written:
    • Creating/joining Slack, orientation to channels and etiquette. @geheren took this on. @webcommsat can help review when done.
    • Joining Get Involved Teams – See Contributor Day Handbook. No one took this task to @courane01 is doing for now (but she has a lot going on for launch, if someone has time to take on).

@courane01 gave a shout-out to the #marketing team for coordinating with the #training and #community teams on the launch! They would like feedback:

  • Suggestions for the channels for external outreach and promotion. Where do you or those you know get their news about WordPress?
    • They could also really use non-English news sources in the outreach effort.
    • There is a link in Slack to a Google Doc to share ideas.
  • Marketing is also seeking quotes on how people use the Learn website and why contributing to Learn and Training is fun, and how you can encourage others.
  • @webcommsat also asked for volunteers to help with social sharing graphics

To celebrate the launch, @webcommsat announced that we will be golding a virtual get together on Wednesday 16 December from 1 pm to 1:45pm UTC.

  • There is a link to the Eventbrite on Slack.
  • Bring your party drinks, snacks and fancy backgrounds. This will be a cross-team event
  • If there are too many people, @webcommsat said we will plan a second event. Limited to Zoom’s numbers.
  • They will also be sharing graphics and social media items, plus a fun quiz.
  • One thing: @webcommsat asks that we check with everyone before photos are taken and shared on social media to be respectful to where people may be joining us from. We will take official photos, so make sure your Zoom name if it includes your email address, etc.
  • They are trying to organize a big virtual cake too, so reach out to @meher if you can participate.
  • Down the line, there will be a 6-month party too!

Standup/Check-In

  • @courane01 spent the last week working on cross-team communication. She followed up with @jessecowens and @sippis on slides and screenshots for #marketing. Her only blockers are time. By Friday, she will have any of our screenshots from herself and the team ready for #Marketing. She will also be working on the Get Involved lesson plan (see above), unless anyone else can take on.
  • @onealtr committed to learn last week on how to facilitate the meetings and was taught by @courane01. He led today’s meeting and it went great!
  • I (@geheren) took last week off after my “mini sprint” the week before. I went back to work after a week+ of vacation and needed to catch up. This week I will be working on this recap and the Slack lesson plan.

Action items

@courane01 shared where comments are needed:

#community-team

Recap for Training Team Meeting December 4, 2020

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Attendance: @azhiyadev, @webtechpooja, @evarlese, @courane01, @webcommsat, @nalininonstopnewsuk, @chetan200891, @sippis, @oglekler, @chaion07, @meher, @onealtr

Meeting led by @courane01

Upcoming team meetings

Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 17:00 UTC

Fridays 11 December 2020 at 11:00 UTC

Introduction and Welcome

Congrats and Thanks

For anyone new, we want to acknowledge contributions made to the team so please fill out our contact form, if you haven’t already done so. It will also help us provide you with access to various Training team accounts.

What we are working on now

We are currently working on these last steps before launching Learn.WordPress.org

  • @rastaban joined Training on Tuesday and cleaned up one of those complex code lesson plans “The Loop
  • @rastaban and @webtechpooja both encountered the 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 that presents code in lesson plans have a bug with closing PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. snippets in particular. A bug report has been filed and hopefully can be resolved soon.

There has been a lot of progress on the other high priority items:

We have a release date of December 15, 2020, for Learn. This was a group decision with #marketing and #community-team to give WP5.6 and Learn some space in the communication and press. Thank you to #marketing for the thoughtfulness and work put into the release comms for Learn.

  • The launch for Learn will also include a social media pack. If you have any networks that you think would be useful in promoting Learn WordPress for launch and during the 3-month campaign, please let #marketing know.
  • #marketing would also welcome your input into a collaboration they shared in marketing this week. You can find it at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PUJDhb7YDfRUj3CX_6IJSd2ANKQfkbmEl3KP5mY9q_c/edit
  • #marketing is collating a list of external promotional opportunities and scheduling these for both maximum promotion and to help ensure the material that is being shared is consistent and up-to-date. It allows them to keep up the momentum and include calls to action and calls for volunteers as needed. If you think you can help with this then please get please tag abahanonstopnewsuk in the #marketing slack channel
  • #marketing will share how you can be involved with the Learn WordPress launch closer to December 15, 2020.
  • #marketing also has internal fun plans to celebrate the Learn WordPress launch. If you would love to get involved, let them know. @webcommsat promises cake (virtual of course :-)).

One of our last steps on launch is coordinating wth #meta for some visual organization.

  • @coreymckrill has been working with the Training team to help with the flow and functionality of the site.
  • @dufresnesteven provided the work done roughing in Jan/Feb this winter. The team at the time envisioned an MVPMinimum Viable Product "A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development." - WikiPedia including much of what is shown on the visual organization. Note, this is a 14-page file. If @chetan200891 or @jessecowens can point to any comments that happened around reaching this point, it’d be appreciated.
  • Before launch, we’d like at least a small portion of that organization to be present. Giving new visitors a bit of visual organization and flow through the site will help. @evarlese and @courane01 have been providing input into this. If anyone wants to contribute to the conversation, then @courane01 will be available in the Training slack from 17:00 UTC today. You can comment asynchronously.

In terms of what is left before launch, that the team can do, it would be nice to have the following lesson plans created:

  1. Joining the Making WP Slack
    1. The following content might be useful https://github.com/WordPress/contributor-day-handbook/blob/master/*Start%20Here%20-%20General%20Guides/How%20to%20join%20the%20WordPress.org%20Slack%20instance.md
  2. Joining Get Involved teams
    1. This will need to link to the Contributor Handbook on WordPress/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/ as well as the links to the onboarding videos from Make WP slack.

There is a reusable blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. in Learn lesson plans with our template. We ask that you do not hit publish, as we do have a revision process before taking lessons live.

Standup/Check-In

@courane01 committed to and completed cross-team efforts, monitoring what’s left to be done, onboarding new contributors as well as helping to onboard @onealtr to facilitate the Tuesday meetings in the near future.

@evarlese helped with the sprints and subsequently worked on updating/finishing content in lesson plans.

Would others like to assist with those lesson plans OR visual organization? Feedback on initial flow and help sorting the material is greatly appreciated. We can loosely organize that here in the channel or @courane01 can organize a blog post with approximate timeframes. We’d love to see the team share in the stand-ups in an ongoing manner. After launch, we will revisit internal documentation/procedures, our forms and more.

Open announcements/discussion

Please comment on the proposal to move the Learn Working Group to Training to better organize and unify the work of Learn.

As part of the progression, @evarlese has published the collective thoughts of those noted in the footer on Learn WordPress: Blue sky thinking. This is a brainstorm type document on where Learn can go, with a 3-year vision roughly presented. Please leave your feedback.

If you have any additional ideas/suggestion or would like to voice support of these thoughts, concerns or other, please do.

Action items

@courane01 will continue to work on the release prep work, especially getting a minimum version of visual organization. Also, follow up with @sippis and @jessecowenson downloadable slide options.

@evarlese will focus on helping with visual organization and anything else that may come up before launch.

@azhiyadev will assist with feedback on initial visual flow and help sort the material.

Recap for Training Meeting November 30, 2020

Attendance: @courane01, @camikaos @webtechpooja, @meher @Rastaban @jessecowens @manzwebdesigns @YashwardhanRana @sippis @oglekler @onealtr @webcommsat

Meeting led by @courane01

Introduction and welcome to new contributors

Agenda for the week of November 30

  1. Introduction and Welcome
  2. Congrats and Thanks
  3. What we’re working on now
  4. Sprint work sessions
  5. Standup/check-in
  6. Open announcements/discussion
  1. Introduction and Welcome
  2. Congrats and Thanks
    1.  Time for more team congrats.  This week’s congrats go to @Michael Geheren.  He clocked many hours last week correcting missing screenshots and fixing broken links on the http://learn.wordpress.org website. So much so that he received a badge based upon our documentation.   
    2. Also in the mentions this week, #marketing has done a fantastic job preparing for the full launch of the Learn WordPress website. @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk @meher @OGlekler @lmurilliom @yvettesonneveld. And to others from the marketing team who have helped in the meeting collaborations: @chaion07, @megphillips91, @lokesh1994, @herculespekkas @ugyensupport, @yashwardhanrana, @technocrews, @antialiasfactory and others
    3. Cross-team collaboration is really in full effect as we get close to the Learn launch.  We are anticipating a release to coincide with WordPress 5.6 shipping on Dec 8, 2020 (NEXT WEEK)
  3. What we’re working on now
    1. As we near the launch of Learn, we are checking over these areas to get lesson plans really ready for the wider public to discover. That has included fixing broken images, missing content, and more.
      1. https://make.wordpress.org/training/2020/11/25/high-priority-items-before-learn-wordpress-org-launch-part-2/
  4. Sprint work sessions
    1. @erica organized a sprint work session that occurred several hours on December 1, so there’s quite a lot of activity in our channel just before the meeting began.  Comments are mostly updated onto the High Priority post above.
    2. https://make.wordpress.org/training/2020/11/19/updating-sprint-ahead-of-learn-launch/ 
  5. Standup/check-in
    1. Courtney: Last week @Hauwa Abashiya and I sorted through what remains to be done before launch and organized it on the High Priority post as well as time spent on cross-team communications. Last week @Hauwa Abashiya and I sorted through what remains to be done before launch and organized it on the High Priority post as well as time spent on cross-team communications.
    2. Camikaos: Has been on vacation with no blockers and is now pushing for the Learn working groups to combine and be hosted under Training team, working to update anything prior to the full Learn launch, collaborating with Sandy E on trainings for Kids, recording some workshops from existing lesson plans
    3. Bud Manz has been working and gone on holiday and will spend time next week working on needs-design-feedback tags and helping @camikaos (she/her) on the sprints
  6. Open announcements/discussion
    1. Slides: For next week, Courtney will continue any cross team collab, and thanks to @Jesse Owens, will also check that all the slides in 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/ are available on lesson plans.  Jesse has been pivotal in that work.  Hoping to find a low-lift way for users to get a PDF print of the slides we currently have.
      1. Option 1: Instruct the audience to print the slides and use their browser’s print-to-pdf option
      2. Option 2: Have the lesson creator do those steps, and add them to the repositories
      3. Option 3 would be to add a “Print” button in the slide decks themselves
  7. Last announcement: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/12/01/proposal-moving-the-learn-working-group-to-training/
    1. The idea is that the training team would be the home for all Learn WordPress site info. We’re currently split between #community-team and #training for content, P2s, working group discussions.  Unifying Learn work to the Training team could really help us organize and streamline decisions.

#community-team, #meeting-agenda, #training #marketing

Recap for Training Team Meeting September 4, 2020

Attendance: @chetan200891, @courane01, @knilkantha, @chaion07, @thisisyeasin, @webcommsat, @carike, @tikolan, @azhiyadev

Slack timestamp

Introductions were made and then @courane01 revisited the goal of the Training team, creating lesson plans and instructional materials for anyone to use when teaching others WordPress. Plans have been used in Meetups, traditonal classrooms, bootcamps and workshops. The #community-team uses plans in several outreach initiatives as well, particularly around what is open-source. A few people pop into #training asking to be trained.

@courane01 asked for people interested in being the key lead for welcoming new people to the channel, similar approach to how #marketing welcomes new people to their channel.

Training team current priorities

Cross-team collaboration for Learn siteLearn site The Training Team publishes its completed lesson plans at https://learn.wordpress.org/ which is often referred to as the "Learn" site..

After years of hard work, Lesson plans are now live on https://learn.wordpress.org/ However, it is not quite ready to draw attention too yet. Meeting notes for Learn site maintenance meeting held Friday 4 September 2020 in #community-team are now available.

Prioritize lesson plans that are current/hot topics, identify which need just a little push to take live.

The team needs to assess the state of lesson plans that are ready to be visible. @carike has done a great job of finding glitches from syncing from 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/ and @courane01 has tried to compare this against the team’s Trello board (tracks what is done and ready to be live).

There are a few pull requests in Github that should be reviewed/accepted on lesson plans. @courane01 suggested possibly working on a few lessons plans that are new/hot topics like all the changes to using the blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor brought up in 5.5.

@webcommsat is working with @hlashbrooke in the community on promotions and it will be good to gather some key info regarding lesson plans on Learn when this is ready to be promoted.

Discussion welcome on lesson plans. They have been built in Github and @courane01 would like to revisit if this should continue to be the case. The inital reason for using Github was when they were moved, all lesson plans images were lost from the Training team P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. never to be restored.

Need to consider new lesson plans to be drafted. @courane01 has come up with a few but has not written the content for them yet. @webcommsat and @hlashbrooke have talked about linking these lessons/guides from the Q&As they are working on from the release and marketing. It would be good to look at how they can be aware of when these are ready and cross promote the resources. If anyone would like to write these plans then please contact @chetan200891 or @courane01 for access.

Determine what is an agreeable arrangement with brands on brand-specific mentions for important and unavoidable areas like contact forms.

An appropriate strategy is needed to teach things like contact forms or other areas that many sites need, but coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. doesn’t include. Later we can explore the lessons around very common plugins.

Plan/document how to partner with brands.

There is a need to think through what an appropriate mention of brands entails or could do.

Sync up with Polyglots for translating lesson plans.

@courane01 mentioned the need to prepare for partnering with #polygots as we get lessons live. The video workshop area is moving towards those needs as well.

Open announcements/discussions

Based on the Doodle poll, team meeting moving forward will be held on Fridays at 11:00 UTC in #training. @courane01 would be delighted to see a second meeting time for PM in the Americas and AM for parts of the pacific rim. A few people have expressed interest in that time slot.

Please feel free to reach out anytime to get connected, account permissions, etc. For getting onboarded and to start contributing please look at the post written by @chetan200891 https://make.wordpress.org/training/2020/08/21/east-bay-contributor-day-2020/. It also includes video tutorials.

Action Items

  • @azhiyadev to assist @courane01 in reviewing what is on Learn, comparing it to 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. and identifying what should be live on Learn.
  • Discussion welcome on if lesson plans should continue to be built using Github or some other alternative solution.
  • A few pull requests in Github need to be reviewed/accepted on lesson plans
  • Getting Trello/Github PRs current. We can manually move the completed plans over for now. Github Sync to Learn is disabled until bugs have been sorted. Does anyone have any ideas on comparing those?
  • Draft new lesson plans highlighted above.