Team Lead Interest Post

Update: I’ve asked for help splitting each unit into modules and identifying questions for each module. Hopefully we can get it into an active state by the end of September. ~Josepha, Sep 5, 2019


In March, I shared a post outlining a new concept of team leadership, but then I was asked to coordinate a major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality. which took up most of my attention. Today, I’m picking right up where I left off.

I want to be sure the process is as open and clear as possible, so I’d like to continue with this plan:

  1. Post an open call for people interested in learning more about team leadership (that’s this post!).
  2. Send interested people the team lead training + quizzes.
  3. Host group orientations with people who pass the quizzes.
  4. Identify team leads (and immediate future leads) from there.

The Team Lead Training Materials

Methodology

There are five sets of training modules, compiled by contributors from the Global Community Team. Each module consists of existing content from project handbooks, plus some added “best practices”.

There was a closed pre-alpha review from Andrea Middleton, Sarah Semark, Tammie Lister, and me. There was an alpha review from current team reps, team reps in training, and former team reps. This marks the start of the public call for comment.

Materials for Review

Once all the feedback on these materials has been added, they will then become training modules similar to those available to people wanting to become Community Deputies.

Share your feedback!

These docs will be open for about two weeks. Then I’ll combine and refine the feedback, and start moving the documents into training modules.

I have two requests for you, dear WordPress Contributors:

  1. If you want to learn more about becoming a team lead, please leave a comment below with the team you currently participate in and which team you’d like to help lead.
  2. Please leave any feedback you might have on the training itself in the comments of the documents above.

#leadership #training

Training Team Update for 16 May 2019

It’s been a while since the Training Team has posted an update here. We will work on getting better at that. But there have been a few things of note that have happened recently, so here’s a quick summary:

1. We have moved our meeting time to 1300 UTC on Thursdays.
2. We have defined our criteria to earn profile badges with the team: https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/guidelines/team-profile-badges/
3. We are working on improving the team’s Handbook and on-boarding information.
4. We are working on developing the templates for 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’s redesign.
5. We have moved from Waffle.io to ZenHub to manage our 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/ repos.
6. We have found a solution to display lesson plan slides from GitHub. We were using RawGit for that, but are now going through a GitHub Page.
7. We have some automations in place in GitHub to 1) help identify lesson plans in need of work and to support our efforts in 2) building lesson plans (especially slides) and 3) in building the learn.wordpress.org site.
8. We are making plans for Contributor Days at 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. Calgary and at WordCamp EU.

And there have been many new faces in the #training channel willing to help!

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

Training Team Update 19 April 2018

The Training Team had a special presentation (aka webinar) to launch the new tools and process that the team will be using to develop lesson plans. Ten people attended the launch of the new 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 that the team will be using to track lesson plan development. Trello will be used in combination with 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/ repos for working on the lesson plans themselves. The meeting was recorded and a transcript is available here: Meeting Recording and Transcript

The team is now looking for contributors to help with writing, reviewing, copy editing, and testing lesson plans! If you’re interested in helping out, join 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 and we’ll help you get started!

Team Links:

  • Getting Started (https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/) a little out of date at the moment, so ask if you have questions!
  • Our Team Blog (https://make.wordpress.org/training/)
  • Our Roadmap (https://trello.com/b/BsfzszRM/wordpress-training-team-lesson-plan-development)
  • Our Lesson Plans (https://github.com/wptrainingteam)

Training Team Updates for February 11, 2017

The training team is currently focused on reorganizing our workflow, per goals 1 and 2 listed below. There are also several lesson plans in progress and some testing of our first 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) plan happening.

More updates from this week are available in this week’s meeting notes.

2017 Goals:

1. Content flow solution for tracking changes in lesson plans and making sure 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. happen when WordPress itself changes
2. More solid copyediting process
3. Proper team handbook
4. Outreach to local groups
5. An accessibility workshop

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Training Team Updates for January 27, 2016

The training team is reorganizing and refocusing on our goals to kick off 2016. We have identified five goals that we will focus on this year, in no particular order:

1. Content flow solution for tracking changes in lesson plans and making sure 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. happen when WordPress itself changes
2. More solid copyediting process
3. Proper team handbook
4. Outreach to local groups
5. An 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

We are working on segmenting these goals out into timelines that make sense and are possible for the team to accomplish.

More updates from this week are available in this week’s meeting notes.

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Training Team Updates for January 6, 2016

The training team is reorganizing and refocusing on our goals to kick off 2016. We have a goals post up to collect input and feedback from the whole team on where we’d like to focus our energy this year. Themes of goals discussed in 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/. so far are around tidying up our processes, polishing the lesson plans we already have, and focusing on getting more workshops happening.

More updates from this week are available in this week’s meeting notes.

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Training Team Updates for November 18, 2016

The training team is currently focused on wrapping up loose ends on in progress lesson plans, working through our copy editing backlog, and planning for a larger team meeting at the WordCamp US Contributor Day. More updates from this week are available in this week’s meeting notes.

A full list of plans that are ready to test is located here: https://make.wordpress.org/training/testing-modules/lesson-plans-to-test/

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Training Team Updates for October 21, 2016

This week we focused on a developing a plan to revise our copyediting process, taking into consideration a broader conversation about the topic we had last week. that Updates from this week are available in this week’s meeting notes.

We currently have a bunch of plans in progress:

Currently Writing
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.: Menus/ assigned
Templates/ assigned
Themes/Plugins Relationships/ assigned
Customizer: Site Icons and Logos/ assigned
Basic Theme Configuration/ assigned
Theme Documentation/ assigned
How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation/
Customizer: 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. and Background Images/ assigned
Theme Troubleshooting/
Theme 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)/
Theme Internationalization/

Currently Copyediting
What is Contact Form 7 / assigned
What is Google XML Sitemap / assigned
building a sitemap for a site /
Improving Your Site’s Performance /  assigned
What is W3 Total Cache /
Dashboard Icons (higher priority than the others) / assigned
Help Regenerate Thumbnails /
Template Tour / assigned
Customizer: Static Front PageStatic Front Page A WordPress website can have a dynamic blog-like front page, or a “static front page” which is used to show customized content. Typically this is the first page you see when you visit a site url, like wordpress.org for example. vs. Content Feed/ assigned

A full list of plans that are ready to test is located here: https://make.wordpress.org/training/testing-modules/lesson-plans-to-test/

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Training Team Updates for September 8, 2016

The team has identified the initial batch of lesson plans that we’ll tackle for our intro to themes workshop:

  • Choosing and Installing Themes/ Assigned
  • Basic Theme Configuration/ Unassigned
  • How to Find Theme-Specific Documentation/ Unassigned
  • Theme Documentation/ Unassigned
  • Web Fonts (Managing Fonts)/ Assigned
  • Intro to CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site./ Assigned
  • Taglines/ Unassigned
  • Static Front PageStatic Front Page A WordPress website can have a dynamic blog-like front page, or a “static front page” which is used to show customized content. Typically this is the first page you see when you visit a site url, like wordpress.org for example. vs. Content Feed/ (this may be this lesson: https://make.wordpress.org/training/handbook/user-lessons/setting-a-static-page-as-your-homepage/)
  • Site Icons and Logos/ Assigned
  • 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. and Background Images/ Unassigned
  • Managing Menus/ Assigned
  • Templates/ Assigned
  • Themes/Plugins Relationships/ Assigned
  • Theme 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)/ Unassigned
  • Theme Internationalization/ Unassigned
  • Theme Troubleshooting/ Unassigned

These lesson plans will be our main focus over the next few months in addition to working on building/rebuilding some team materials.

Our notes from this week meeting are available here: https://make.wordpress.org/training/2016/09/09/recap-of-september-6-2016-meeting/

A full list of plans that are ready to test is located here: https://make.wordpress.org/training/testing-modules/lesson-plans-to-test/

#training