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Fri

27

May

2011

The Joomla! Community Leadership Team is Growing!
Written by Wendy Robinson   
Friday, 27 May 2011 04:45

The Joomla! Community Leadership Team (CLT) is currently seeking new members to join us on our team and we want YOU, our fellow community members, to nominate those you feel would be well suited! (yes, you can nominate yourself as well ;) )

If you’ve been around Joomla for a long time then you’re likely already aware of what the CLT is, what we do and how we fit into the project structure.  If that’s the case, feel free to skip to the bottom for the nomination details.  

For those of you who don’t know or who aren’t 100% sure, we’ve listed some details here to help outline the whole picture.

What is the CLT?

There is a large working group within the project called the Community Workgroup (CWG) under which certain sites/areas fall. Those areas are Joomla User Groups (JUGs), the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED), the Joomla Resources Directory (JRD), the Joomla Community Magazine (JCM), the Joomla People Site, the Joomla Community Forums, the Joomla! Community Portal, the Vulnerable Extensions List (VEL) and Joomla.org main site. Hundreds of volunteers make up the teams that manage those areas.  The Community Leadership Team, CLT, is the leadership arm of the project responsible for the Community Workgroup , CWG as a whole.

What does the CLT do?

Our CLT roles in the Community Workgroup includes recruiting new volunteers, working with the teams on daily tasks, adding necessary features to the various directories and sites, helping the teams roll out new sites when ready, as well as the overall responsibility of ensuring a healthy atmosphere for all contributors.  We also communicate on a regular basis with one another, members of our teams, community members and our fellow teams the leadership group - the Production Leadership Team (PLT) and the Open Source Matters board (OSM).  

In addition to our roles within teams, the CLT is also responsible for the organization and upkeep of the various sites in the Joomla.org family. This includes duties such as software updates, security monitoring, feature updates and overall site management.

There are also a number of administrative and communicative responsibilities where we could use some additional help such as blogging, keeping the community updated and involved in our news and decisions, community outreach and evangelism, scheduled and recorded meetings, publishing of meeting minutes and outcomes, managing our People site group, and utilizing other social media areas such as Twitter, facebook and YouTube.

We also want make a larger effort towards internationalization of the sites and communication between various regional and international communities and joomla.org.

Who is the CLT looking for?

So as you can see, the CLT has a lot on its plate and we could really use some new, fresh faces and ideas and experience to help us with these tasks, reach goals and move the Community Workgroup forward.  

We’re looking for people with the following skills and abilities:

In General:

  • comfortable working with people of different backgrounds - be they cultural, professional or any other
  • Somebody who can work well on their own but also contribute to combined goals as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate problem solving abilities
  • Ability to handle controversial situations
  • Some experience working/volunteering for an open source software project, preferably Joomla, though experience that can be shared from other projects is certainly welcome
  • General conduct of a professional and considerate nature on Joomla.org as well as other sites and media channels
  • Must have a reasonable and consistent amount of time to focus on your leadership responsibilities each week.
  • Must be willing to read and agree to abide by the Joomla Code of Conduct

Some specific skills that would be an asset to the CLT:

  • Good administrative skills - Not necessarily due to professional experience, but if you’re an organizer, planner, get-stuff-done kind of person then let us know
  • Management skills - whether in business or volunteer roles, if you’ve been a leader in the past, we’d love to know more about you
  • International community members with English as a first or second language
  • Writing/blogging/communication skills with a general interest in that area.
  • An interest in, and aptitude for making use of, social media channels of communication: twitter, facebook, youTube, etc

So if you or someone you know fits any combination of the above criteria and would like to be a part of Joomla’s Community Leadership Team, please send us an email with a name, some information about your nominee and why you think they would be a good fit,  and a preferred email address and/or Skype or GTalk details for contact.

We will be welcoming nominations from today through Friday, June 10, 2011. The current members of the CLT will be reviewing and considering all nominations from which we will select and contact those we feel would be the best fit to join. You can send your email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please be sure to include “CLT Nomination” in your email title.

 

Thu

26

May

2011

Joint Leadership Summit Goals
Written by Alice Grevet   
Thursday, 26 May 2011 23:24

In preparation for the Joint Summit (CLT, PLT, OSM) sheduled for July 29 - 31, 2011, at eBay in San Jose, California, the Joint Summit Committee has compiled a list of proposed goals for discussion at the three day meeting. The list below is shared with the community for feedback before finalizing the meeting agenda.

The goals include planning and discussing the following topics (not presented in any particular order):

  • Who are we building Joomla for? Who is our target audience and thus who should we build new features for?
     
  • Better collaboration
     
  • The future of the Project
     
  • The Joomla Project common goals
     
  • The Joomla Project strategy
     
  • Evaluate our project structure
    • The future role, if any, of the Community Oversight Committee
    • Better understand how our teams function
       
  • Talk about processes (conflict resolution, budget process, ….)
     
  • How to attract more developers?
     
  • Review Sponsored Development program
     
  • Review our Mission, Vision and Values
     
  • Collaboration strategy with international communities
     
  • Joomla! World Conference 2012 - Setup a committee, define goals
     

To comment on this list of goals please visit: http://people.joomla.org/groups/viewdiscussion/1220-Joint+Leadership+Summit+Goals.html?groupid=714

 

Wed

25

May

2011

2011 goals and budget for the Joomla! project
Written by Paul Orwig   
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 08:41

As a new element of the planning and budget process, each Joomla! leadership team (Production Leadership Team, Community Leadership Team, and Open Source Matters) has set major goals for 2011. This goal setting effort has the following benefits:

  • Allows our project’s budget to be a more effective tool for supporting the project's planned priorities for the upcoming year.
  • Allows each leadership team to better understand what the other leadership teams are planning to work on, which will improve inter-team collaboration and support.
  • Allows the community to be aware of goals and priorities for the upcoming year, which will improve transparency and openness and enable increased support and volunteer contributions.
  • Will make it easier to bring in more sponsorship contributions, due to prospective sponsors having a better understanding about what initiatives their contributions will be supporting.

The major 2011 goals for each Joomla! leadership team are listed below. The goals are all numbered for reference purposes (but not as an indication of priority). A bullet list of some tasks that are planned to be worked on in support of these goals during the course of the year are listed below each goal.

The Joomla! project is also pleased to publish its final 2011 budget.

2011 Production Leadership Team goals

PLT Goal #1: Develop four iterations of the Joomla Platform project.

  • Develop Joomla Platform 11.1. Target release date is 10 April 2011.
  • Develop Joomla Platform 11.2. Target release date is 10 July 2011.
  • Develop Joomla Platform 11.3. Target release date is 10 October 2011.
  • Develop Joomla Platform 11.4. Target release date is 10 January 2012.

PLT Goal #2: Develop two iterations of the Joomla CMS project

  • Develop "Bowerbird". Target release date is 10 July 2011.
  • Complete development of com_localise component.
  • Complete development of Joomla-MediaWiki importer to support localised documentation.
  • Develop the next CMS release. Target release date is 10 January 2012.

PLT Goal #3: Release updates to the current LTS release (Joomla 1.5) as required

  • Releases to be made until 3 months after GA of the next LTS. Number, timing and nature of these releases will depend on circumstances.

PLT Goal #4: Outreach and promotion of Joomla to a technical audience.

  • Promotion of Joomla at technical conferences and events, particularly in respect of the Joomla Platform.
  • Outreach to new developers under a Joomla Student Outreach Program (JSOP).

2011 Community Leadership Team goals

CLT Goal #1: Communication/Interaction with the Community

  • More consistency in meetings and publishing of meeting notes/minutes
  • Increase CLT membership to ease individual workload as well as broaden representation within leadership and public facing (the community) Task: Assign a member to join the communications team with OSM and PLT
  • Volunteer forms for each area of the CWG (JRD, JED, People, JCM, Forum)
  • Volunteer recognition program: rewards, public mentions, badges
  • More updates to the CWG channels (google group, people site, blogs) about things happening within the working group

CLT Goal #2: Joomla.org site maintenance, usability, effectiveness and improvements

  • New joomla.org family site design: volunteer committee run design
  • Phased upgrade to 1.6 (and beyond)
  • Enhanced Directory Listings
  • Single sign on/auto sign on
  • Evaluate possible forum software alternatives such as Kunena
  • Integrate User Notes for directory and people sites
  • Website upkeep - eg. security, third party upgrades, recovery in the event of compromise

CLT Goal #3: Active participation in live events

  • Have more CWG attendance at Joomla events (team members)
  • More representation of CWG leadership at events
  • Joint Leadership Summit
  • Video and live steaming of events

2011 Open Source Matters Goals

OSM Goal #1: Increase revenue from sponsorships, shop, and website monetization opportunities

  • a) Switch the shop over to spreadshirt.com b) create new souvenirs (key ring , Mug, etc...)
  • Brainstorm & update sponsor opportunities/pages
  • Increase publicity of new sponsors and sponsor opportunities
  • Increase Google Ads revenue using prime locations
  • Brainstorm & implement Joomla hosting page
  • Try to add international team members to improve international sponsors.

OSM Goal #2: Solidify/stabilize the Trademark team

  • Confirm (Acting) Trademark Team leader
  • Document Trademark-application processes
  • Document and simplify Trademark rules
  • Recruit new Trademark Team members & involve more board members
  • Implement new Ticketing software to better manage submissions and communications
  • Use ProjectFork software to manage above internal tasks
  • Clarify Trademark priorities
  • Try to add international team members to translate process documents and follow up with international issues.

OSM Goal #3: Establish Joomla supporters club

  • Brainstorm details
  • Create requirements
  • Fix firm dates for going live
  • Confirm who is going to develop & costs
  • Ongoing publicity & monthly promotions
  • Ask for help to translate information to different languages.

OSM Goal #4: Simplification and documentation of our processes

  • Document Treasurer responsibilities and processes (for normal duties as well as project-wide processes such as budget/planning, funding requests, and contractor engagements), and add to the Wiki
  • Document processes for Events and add to the Wiki
  • Document trademark processes and add to Wiki
  • Organizing of OSM organizational documents
  • Document travel process for leadership team members (Orbitz, etc.)
  • Identify repository for international documentation.

OSM Goal #5: Improve support for Joomla events

  • Build an events team
  • Finding a long run strategy for events
  • Defining the target groups for different event types
  • Establish Joomla world conference
  • Documentation sprints and developer conferences
  • Create translations for documentation.

OSM Goal #6: Improve PR/Promotion efforts to raise positive global awareness about value of Joomla

  • Raise awareness of Sponsorships
  • Publicise Supporters Club
  • Translate documents.

Please discuss this blog here.

 

Thu

19

May

2011

Open Source Matters at JandBeyond
Written by Alice Grevet   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 23:05


Photo: JoomlaBlogger.net

Left to right: Phil Locke, Robert Deutz, Alice Grevet, Jacques Rentzke, Javier Gómez, Marijke Stuivenberg, Andy Tarr, Ryan Ozimek, Dianne Henning. Attending JAB but not in the photo: Paul Orwig

From May 6 - 8 in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, 220 Joomla! community members gathered at the unforgettable JandBeyond conference. Among them were 10 members of the Board of Open Source Matters (OSM). We came as community members to connect, network, and meet again or for the first time many of the people who make the Joomla! Open Source project such an exciting place to be.

The large turnout of OSM members allowed us to share experiences and goals as a group with the attendees, and to talk as a group about impressions and lessons learned from this event. I think everyone will agree that JandBeyond was an invaluable experience in every way!

A high point for all of us was standing together during Ryan's well-attended "State of OSM" session. After he presented achievements from the past year, various members shared OSM goals for 2011.

The goals included increased revenue sources, a new online shop, trademark team streamlining and improvements, upcoming conferences, a Joomla! Supporters club, PR and awareness initiatives, and the simplification and documentation of processes. The presentation was followed by questions from the community about revenue spending and leadership dynamics.

The following is a summary of the question and answer time:

Community: What is the purpose of raising money? What are the plans for that money?

OSM: We want a cushion so that when good ideas come up we will be able to respond in a timely manner. We want to be able to enact good ideas coming out of the community.

Community: Some ideas for the spending of increased revenue:

A Summer of Code funded by Joomla
Getting all of OSM, CLT, and PLT together in one place for the world community to talk about the goals of Joomla
Pay a consulting firm to do an analysis for security and performance
Give a portion of surplus to charity. (OSM: We donated money to SFLC this year)
Do a targeted prize contest with specific requirements with a cash prize to the winner

Community: Would you consider contracting paid development work again?

OSM: We would not do it the way it was done before. If we do consider it again, it would be only for a very specific task.

Community: Congratulations on your structure and leadership but who is going to influence the other parts of the leadership?

OSM: We can use leadership by example. There are processes being put into place that give opportunities to understand, influence and encourage. There will also be a joint summit in July.

Community: There is a perception that OSM can give active guidance.

OSM: It’s not OSM’s role to be the teacher and the others to be students. We can only lead by example. The theme of the weekend is community. The community has to come together and work together.

Community: The community feels excluded.

OSM: The leadership is working on getting better communications and clearer channels.

Community: OSM went through organizational training but what about the other teams? Did they get anything from that? It should be that if you are going to be a part of the leadership then you should have professional development.

OSM: OSM was fortunate to be offered a training opportunity. Gunner will be working with leadership skills at the summits.

Community: The way the groups are growing is positive because it spreads out the work and reduces the perception of cronyism. It would be good to see that happening with the CoC.

A common theme that we all came away with was appreciating the chance to interact with so many community members and to listen and be heard.

It was a privilege also to have Louis Landry attend from the Production Leadership Team (PLT). He made himself available to talk at length with many attendees. Peter Martin and Paul Orwig represented the Community Leadership Team (CLT), making a total of 12 leaders present at JAB. There was much positive feedback about interaction between the community and the leadership throughout the weekend.

An energizing spirit of innovation, passion, communication and respect characterized this event.

The State of OSM Address - Ryan Ozimek from jandbeyond on Vimeo.

To post a comment on this article please visit the thread on the J!People site: http://people.joomla.org/groups/viewdiscussion/1198-Open+Source+Matters+at+JandBeyond.html?groupid=579

 

Tue

19

Apr

2011

Wanted: New Features for Version 1.7
Written by Mark Dexter   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:42

Hi everyone. Now that version 1.6.3 is released, the development focus for Joomla can shift gears and we can focus on new features for version 1.7. This is a very exciting time for the project, and the Production Leadership Team (PLT) thought it would be helpful to outline our ideas about the process for adding new features.

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