Training Team 20 December 2018 Update

Slack Log

The Training Team held a video meeting to discuss the goals for the team in 2019.

There were several new contributors in attendance so we reviewed the team’s mission and how the team works before beginning.

2018 Team Goals

We reviewed the goals we had set for 2018, which included:

1. Re-create team handbook
2. Move lesson plans to 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/
3. Restructure make.wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org//training
4. Fix broken images
5. Update lesson plans for 4.8-4.9/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/
6. Make workshop recommendations
7. AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) workshop

2018 Team Accomplishments

We had accomplished several of those goals and a few more this past year. A quick summary includes:

1. Re-create team handbook (expected by the end of the year)

2. Move lesson plans to GitHub

3. Restructure make.wordpress.org/training

4. Fix broken images (perhaps not all are fixed, but moving to GitHub addressed the problem)

5. Make workshop recommendations

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6. On-boarding improvements including a PDF and videos

7. Team management on 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 in Waffle.io

8. Creation of the https://wptrainingteam.github.io/ page

9. Work towards the relaunch of the learn.wordpress.org site including collaboration with the #design, #marketing, and #metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. teams.

Goals that we didn’t quite accomplish include:

1. Update lesson plans for Gutenberg

2. Accessibility workshop

2019 Team Goals

So turning towards setting goals for 2019, there was discussion about needing more contributor on-boarding videos on our YouTube channel (thanks @fahim!), and @courtneyengle suggested we make plans now for maintaining our lesson plans such as tagging them in GitHub with things such as WordPress version and whether there are screenshots.

We also talked about some specific lesson plans that we would like to develop in the new year such as a focus on Gutenberg and accessibility and lesson plans about plugins.

The team is excited about launching the learn.wordpress.org site in 2019 and the possibilities that will bring! We should have a complete list of team goals available on our Trello board soon.

Next meeting 3 January 2019 at 1930 UTC.

Design team monthly recap, July 16th 2018

The design team have been up to a lot the past month. Weekly meetings have continued at:

Ticket triage Monday’s from 16.30-17.00 UTC
Weekly Meeting on Wednesday’s from 17.00-18.00 UTC

The weekly meeting agenda and meeting notes are published on our team page for more detailed insights into our activity.

As a team we are starting to focus on bigger projects for 1-2 months, the focus right now is on-boarding.

Points of note

  • We continue to collect responses in the document here.
  • The team is trying a simplified meeting agenda focusing on inbox, calls for design, topic of week and open floor.
  • There is a triage training session on 6th August for those that want to learn more.
  • Design for page “Create a Website” on WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ on Design team is now done and work is going on for 2 versions by @cathibosco.
  • 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 icons are complete!
  • @estelaris has completed the training team inforgraphic.
  • @kjellr posted about a revision to the wordpress.org/gutenberg page.
  • There were updates from WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe including an exploration of the sidebar and summary. @boemedia and @joshuawold lead the design team on the day.
  • The team met with Sarah James from 10up who has worked on the awesome SketchPress: https://github.com/10up/SketchPress and @garusky https://github.com/motork/WP-Admin-Design-System. The idea is to work all contribute to SketchPress as it’s so useful for the team.
  • @joen posted about his explorations and feelings on Sketch libraries.
  • Andi did some learn.wordpress.org pages.

Triage

This month triage has focused both on the UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing./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. and also metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress.. The team spent 2 weeks on meta triage clearing the backlog.

#design

Training Team Update – 10 May 2018

Meeeting held at 19:30 UTC in the #training SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel

https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C02RW657Q/p1525980606000637

Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. materials

The Marketing team helped us out and created an on boarding PDF that we can use as a “handout” (paper or electronic) during Contributor Days to help them get started with all the accounts that are needed to participate. That led to creating a list of more comprehensive information that can help new people get started with the team. While built to help for Contributor Days, it’s going to be useful for anyone who wants to join the team.

Slides – Shower

Just a reiteration that Shower (Show-er https://github.com/wptrainingteam/shower) has replaced Reveal.js as the team’s solution for slides. There’s still a bit of testing to be done to finalize exactly how the file structure will work. Once that is determined videos and documentation on how to add slides to lesson plans will be created.

Learn site

The next step in getting the learn.wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ site moving forward is to create a TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. ticket and ask for assistance from the #meta, #design, and #marketing teams. It is expected to take months to work through that process.

Team survey

With many new faces on the team it was requested that folks complete a survey to gather information regarding their skills and interests and how they want to get involved with contributing.

Trello board update – slight change to workflow

A new list has been added to the 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. board representing a new step in the workflow. The “Lesson Plans Needing Instructional Review” step has been added after drafting and before copyediting to represent a QA step for instructional quality and consistency.

Lesson plans needing volunteers (see the “User Plans Ready for Drafting” list in Trello

Just a reminder that there are several lesson plans in need of writing that are available for people to work on.

Open announcements / discussion

Next week’s meeting will be 30 minutes earlier, as an experiment, so 19:00 UTC in the #training Slack channel

Design team monthly recap March, 2018

This is what the Design Team has been focussing on in March 2018:

Weekly meetings

Due to daylight saving time, our weekly meetings now occur on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. on these times:

  • Ticket triage Monday’s from 16.30-17.00 UTC
  • Weekly Meeting on Thursday’s from 17.00-18.00 UTC

The weekly meeting agenda and meeting notes are published on our team page for more detailed insights on our activity.

Inspired by the Marketing team, we want to emphasise that all design work for WordPress is done by volunteers.

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/

Designers continue to be involved in this project, with two design leading and many more contributing.

Invision

The team is exited to have an Invision account for all designers who work on .org

Remote design summit

We want to do an online summit for anyone interested in design for WordPress. John Maeda would like to support bringing this together; Tammie Lister walked through some initial ideas for making this happen. The details are still up for discussion, but the basic idea is a summit where anyone can contribute to a specific design goal that the community has agreed on. Join the conversation on our Trello board.

Calls for design

We’re actively reaching out to the other teams for calls for design, which resulted in:

We discovered that not all calls for design are well described or too large to handle. We’ve discussed writing a blog post or page for the handbook to give some guidance on what information a Call for Design could contain. We’re also trying to break up larger projects into smaller chunks to make them more manageable and easier to work on.

A few designers had a negative experience when callers for design never properly got back after designs were delivered. As a team, we feel the need to inform people who call for design how we’d like to proceed. We’re opting on setting up a guide on how the design process takes place and what can be expected from the designers, but also what we expect from the one who calls for the design.

If you have a call for design, please post it as a comment to our latest meeting agenda, or post a call in our Slack channel 

Ticket triage

On a weekly basis, we go over the oldest tickets that need 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./UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. feedback to catch up. The goal of these is to look at each one and see if we can progress the issue in some way. Tickets that were discussed this month are: #41191, #25419, #31634, #33473, #32228.

Overall improvement of communication and structure

To make it easier for new contributors to find out what’s going on, we’ve continued improving our overall structure and communication. This is work in progress. We currently have 3 points of focus: Onboarding, the Handbook and Outreach.

 

#design, #design-team

Design team weekly update October 7th

The design team are now posting individual updates each week, this post is a summary of the updates from there. If any other teams have design they need help with, please also let us know. You can either add as a comment to the post on make/design, add a comment here, or you can ask directly in #design on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Worked on/released this week:

  • Shipping 4.9 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: @melchoyce

Currently working on:

  • 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/ all the things: @karmatosed
  • Triaging, testing, and providing feedback for Beta 2: @melchoyce

Need help with:

Full update post here.

+make.wordpress.org/core +make.wordpress.org/design

Design team weekly update September 4th

The design team are now posting individual updates each week, this post is a summary of the updates from there. If any other teams have design they need help with, please also let us know. You can either add as a comment to the post on make/design, add a comment here, or you can ask directly in #design on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Worked on/released this week:

  • @annaharrison worked on a number of posts on Tiny Mce’s blog.
  • @annaharrison worked on giving feedback and adding user research to ‘design feedback’ tag on 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/.
  • @boemedia launched a survey for 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 developers about the usability of the wp-admin.
  • @joshuawold: Uploading .zip to update plugin or theme – Read through #9757 and shared a user flow. Thinking it’d make sense to implement the Reinstall Plugins direction as the user flow is pretty straightforward.
  • @joshuawold: Posted an article about my experience working on CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. these past few months. It’s been a really fun ride, looking forward to what’s ahead!
  • @karmatosed: Gutenberg all the things.

Currently working on:

Need help with:

Full update post here.

+make.wordpress.org/core +make.wordpress.org/design

Design team weekly update 14th August

The design team are now posting individual updates each week, this post is a summary of the updates from there. If any other teams have design they need help with, please also let us know. You can either add as a comment to the post on make/design, add a comment here, or you can ask directly in #design on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Worked on/released this week:

  • 4.9 wrangling and goals post: @melchoyce
  • 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/ —> Customization transition wrangling with focus leads: @melchoyce and @karmatosed
  • Made a much of issues and tickets out of the Image WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. link usability testing: @melchoyce
  • Gutenberg: pretty much took up my entire focus: @karmatosed

Currently working on:

Need help with:

@melchoyce pointed out several tickets that need help and progress – a chance for others to get involved.:

Full update post here.

+make.wordpress.org/core +make.wordpress.org/design

Design team update August 4th

The design team are now posting individual updates each week, this post is a summary of the updates from there. If any other teams have design they need help with, please also let us know. You can either add as a comment to the post on make/design, add a comment here, or you can ask directly in #design on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Worked on/released this week:

  • CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. Media HeaderHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. Design flow mockup i2: @folletto
  • Tested the “old” admin toolbar experiment plugin to see its status: @folletto
  • Attended a local meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. and demoed 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/: @joshuawold
  • UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing./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. Triage: @melchoyce and @karmatosed
  • Image Widget Link usability testing: @melchoyce

Currently working on:

  • Gutenberg: promotion page, supporting where can, reviewing and triage: @karmatosed

Need help with:

  • I need someone to test WPdo and give feedback on how we could change / improve it to be good for onboarding new designers (and people in general): @folletto

Full update post here.

Design team update 28th July

The design team are now posting individual updates each week, this post is a summary of the updates from there. If any other teams have design they need help with, please also let us know. You can either add as a comment to the post on make/design, add a comment here, or you can ask directly in #design on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Worked on/released this week:

  • 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/: supporting where needed: @karmatosed
  • Triaged metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. for new design issues: @melchoyce
  • Weekly design triage: @melchoyce and @karmatosed
  • Gutenbergin’: @melchoyce
  • 4.8.1: @melchoyce

Currently working on:

  • https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/1516 > Created a handful of new concepts for how global blocks could work in Gutenberg.:
    @joshuawold
  • Gutenberg demo video: @mapk
  • Connecting with Processing gurus over at UCLA on the 31st: @mapk
  • Taking a gander at the GTD stuff to see where I can help in conjunction with creating some visual data for the site: @mapk
  • Gutenberg: promotion page and Gutenberg theme, help where needed: @karmatosed
  • Mobile experience of editing themes and plugins: @karmatosed
  • Planning a public, group workshop for Page on Front. Probably next Tuesday? @melchoyce
  • Gutenbergin’: @melchoyce
  • 4.8.1 and 4.9 planning: @melchoyce

Need help with:

  • Anyone available on Tuesday for a Zoom workshop? : see @melchoyce

Full update post here.

Design update 21st July

The design team are now posting individual updates each week, this post is a summary of the updates from there. If any other teams have design they need help with, please also let us know. You can either add as a comment to the post on make/design, add a comment here, or you can ask directly in #design on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

Worked on/released this week:

  • Last week I continued to follow conversations on a handful of 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/ tickets, as well as attend several of the Design meetings: @joshuawold
  • Kept track of Gutenberg design issues: @melchoyce
  • Updated some Gutenberg widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. blocks: @melchoyce
  • Compiled previous work on Page on Front into one post: @melchoyce
  • Gutenberg: blocks, issues: @karmatosed
  • Media: flows and working on how work with Gutenberg: @karmatosed

Currently working on:

  • This week will likely be a bit more of the same. Hoping to get back into working on some wireframes/prototypes for some of the tickets soon: @joshuawold
  • WPdo, Dashicons: @folletto
  • Reading through Page on Front post comments; going to hold off on responding so more opinions can come in: @melchoyce
  • Improving the make/design handbook: @melchoyce
  • Testing patches for 4.9.1
  • Gutenberg: blocks, media, where needed, promotion page: @karmatosed

Need help with:

Full update post here.