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Wed

20

May

2015

Joomla Leadership Adopts New Structure & Methodology
Written by Structure Team   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:18

 

Last week the combined Joomla leadership teams (Community Leadership Team (CLT), the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), and the Production Leadership Team (PLT)), voted to adopt the New Structure & Methodology proposal, by a vote of 19 to 9.

Starting in the fall, the proposal was put through several rounds of leadership, working group and community feedback, and underwent numerous revisions before the proposal was put to a vote.

The structure team that worked on the proposal was formed at JandBeyond 2014 one year ago under the motto of “Make it happen”, and is made up of three representatives from each of the three leadership teams. The team was given a mandate by the Joomla leadership at JAB to do this work, and that mandate was renewed at the joint leadership summit in Cancun in November, 2014. The work of the structure team built on and drew from discussions and research that started at a joint leadership summit in 2011, and from the Governance Working Group research and idea catalogue.

As can be expected in a community as diverse and passionate as Joomla’s, there has been a wide spectrum of reaction to the proposal and resulting vote. Since a two-thirds majority in favor of the proposal was required to carry the motion, the vote was very close and there are some strong dissenting voices.

As with most things, this new structure can be viewed from different angles and with different mindsets. Details might be subject to interpretation, and assumptions are quite often easily made. However, without ignoring those facts, and keeping in mind the lessons learned from them, it is important now to be focused on our future, and have faith in our common goals.

For the first time, this vote gives the Joomla project a unified plan for leadership to involve volunteers, plan, mentor and vote. One legal body to oversee and lead the project, guided by the voices of the teams doing the work. The goal of the proposal is to encourage contributors, bring together fragmented leadership teams and processes, involve more global communities, and to have a voting process where leaders are not appointed by leadership itself. It sets a road map for organized conflict resolution and a code of conduct.

Today we need to come together to continue the implementation of this document. The next step will be to form a transition team to provide the guidance and processes to transition into the new structure. In the coming week the structure team will put several options before the entire leadership for a vote on how this transition team could be formed. Once the transition team is formed, the work of the structure team will be over.

Some areas of the proposal still need more detail. The transition team will oversee the formation of teams to define those areas through a continued process of collaboration and feedback. The structure team strongly recommends that all leadership be actively involved in this process, and that the concerns of the PLT in particular, be addressed throughout.

The public leadership discussion and vote on the structure change is something unprecedented in Joomla history. There is a commitment to increased transparency. The vote was respectfully conducted. As the proposal adoption phase comes to a close, the structure team wishes to thank all of the community members, working group members, and members of leadership who shared their views and offered input on the document as it was being developed.

A new day is dawning for the Joomla project. The CMS scene is very different today from what it was 10 years ago when the project was new. Joomla has made its way, stood its ground, and established itself as one of the top Open Source CMS’s in a challenging environment. It is our sincere hope that this structure change, with the continued work and collaboration of the volunteer community, will form the solid basis to guide the Joomla project through the next 10 years, and beyond.

In the spirit of moving forward, we welcome your feedback in the forum:
http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=888437 

 

Mon

20

Apr

2015

Introducing Our Newest Production Leadership Team Member!
Written by Jessica Dunbar   
Monday, 20 April 2015 17:53

The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member. We welcome Tessa Mero to the team. Tessa will be managing speaking opportunities for the PLT and developer community. She will be sharing information, writing technical tutorials, blogs, and reaching out to the greater php developer community. In addition, Tessa will help manage and organize code sprints.

The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, translating and creating documentation.

The addition of Tessa  brings the total of current PLT members to ten:
  • Chris Davenport
  • Javier Gomez
  • Thomas Hunziker
  • Tessa Mero
  • Tom Hutchison
  • George Wilson
  • Roland Dalmulder
  • Jessica Dunbar
  • Viktor Vogel
  • Robert Deutz

Tessa Mero

Growing up her entire life in Seattle, Tessa received her web application degree and certification and was hired late 2011 at a Ski and Snowboard company creating their manufacturing websites. After being hired, she discovered Joomla! after taking a training course with OSTraining and then attending her first Joomla! Day NYC in October 2011. Since then, she's been very passionate for the Joomla! community and has devoted her spare time with contributing to the Joomla! Project.

She started with helping test patches in the Joomla! Bug Squad and moved to being an assistant manager of the JED (Joomla! Extensions Directory) team, in charge of hiring and training new team members. She recently served a term as a Board of Director for Open Source Matters, Inc,

She is the organizer of the Seattle Joomla! User Group and hoping to share her love and inspiration for Joomla! around her area.

Aside from being a web developer, teaching web development classes at a college, and being an open source contributor, she also does fun things like plays the Clarinet, hangs out at Chuck-E-Cheese's with her 2 kids (a lot), Snowboards, and has love for the outdoors.

The future

The Production Leadership Team plans the addition of more members during 2015. If you would like to nominate a member from the Joomla community for serving the PLT there is a permanent nomination form available. You are invited to congratulate the new members at the following forum topic: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=883175

 

Fri

27

Mar

2015

JET Recipients for JAB15 Announced!
Written by Dianne Henning   
Friday, 27 March 2015 14:06

The Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we have selected 12 members from the worldwide Joomla community (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Israel, The Netherlands, and USA) to attend the upcoming J and Beyond Conference being held May 29-31, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

With 39 applications to choose from, it was a difficult decision that was made easier because of the criteria point system that was put in place prior to the call for applications.

Read more...
 

Wed

25

Mar

2015

Community Feedback on the Proposal for a New Organizational Structure and Methodology
Written by Structural Team   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00

Because the Joomla! project has a great community, the goal is to empower more volunteers to effectively contribute by increasing transparency, communication and trust. Over the past several years, a majority of the leadership has supported the review and study of governance, convinced that our current organizational structure and methodology are not optimal to move our community forward.

Last October the Structural Team, entrusted by the joint Joomla leadership to produce a proposal for a new leadership structure for the Joomla project, shared their work with the combined project Working Groups for their feedback. This version of the proposal is the result of that feedback.

Now we are seeking feedback from the community as a whole on the proposal for a new organizational structure and methodology. Read the proposal here: New Structure & Methodology [Proposal] - Google Doc

You can share your thoughts and comments about this proposal in this public forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=880994 or you can email directly to the structure team This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Fri

06

Mar

2015

Joomla Event Traveller Programme (JET) Now Open for JAB15
Written by Dianne Henning   
Friday, 06 March 2015 15:26

The Joomla! Event Traveller Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we will be taking applications from the worldwide Joomla community, for the upcoming J and Beyond Conference to be held on May 29-31, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The JET Programme is an initiative that was created to support active project volunteers and community members who have dedicated time and energy to make Joomla better, and who would like to attend larger Joomla events, such as J and Beyond, and the Joomla! World Conference. The JET Programme will cover the cost of the admission ticket, and will provide assistance with travel and lodging for the conference.

The Deadlines

March 20: Deadline for application
March 27: Recipients selected and notified
April 1: Public announcement in a blogpost on joomla.org
April 10: All tickets must booked

Application Criteria

The criteria to be followed by the JET Committee for the election of candidates is as follows:

  • Applications of the candidates will be arranged in accordance with the contributions made to the Joomla project (especially during the last year) based on the information enclosed in the application and duly proven with recommendations from team or working group leaders.
  • Subsequently, all applicants will be accepted in order of appearance in the final list until the estimated budget for this edition of the JET Programme is reached.
  • This is an opportunity for the entire Joomla community, however, priority will be given to those participants who have not yet received a JET recognition.
  • The JET Committee will give special consideration to well written applications that include details and timeframes of their participation in the Joomla project.
  • You must have a valid passport and be eligible for any necessary travel visas.

We encourage you to apply using this form http://events.joomla.org/jet. Please note, there are certain criteria and conditions that must be met. Please read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!

The JET Team

The Joomla Event Traveller Programme team members are:

  • Dianne Henning (JET Team Lead, Community Leadership Team)
  • Guillermo Bravo (Community Leadership Team)
  • Roland Dalmulder (Production Leadership Team)
  • Jess Dunbar (Production Leadership Team)
  • Saurabh Shah (Open Source Matters)
  • Radek Suski (Joomla Events Team)
 


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