|Report from the OSM Summit - San Jose 2011|
|Written by Ryan Ozimek|
|Wednesday, 03 August 2011 00:29|
After three long days at the Joomla Leadership Summit, a team of eleven Open Source Matters members from four continents met in San Jose, California for our annual summit. Yes, much pizza was eaten. No, we didn’t spend too much time swimming in the hotel pool. Instead, we worked hard through seven sessions to pack as much Joomla goodness into two days as possible. We recognized that we couldn’t solve all our challenges in this short period, so we created small groups and focused on action items to help build momentum and progress.
Your OSM team, from left-to-right: Akarawuth Tamrareang, Thomas Hampton, Marijke Stuivenberg, Ryan Ozimek, Altansukh Tumenjargal, Robert Deutz, Alice Grevet, Jacques Rentzke, Sandy Ordonez, Paul Orwig, Dianne Henning
Now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s our report-back to the community.
Outlining Process Gaps
While we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, we’re always looking for opportunities to better serve the project. To understand where we can improve, we spent time outlining a few key areas of operations, and then highlighted documentation needs for each. By documenting our efforts, we’ll be able to better pull key performance indicators, thereby informing our board of success levels. We plan to document our work in the project’s wiki for higher levels of transparency and accountability to the community.
While the number of tasks are too long to list in this article, the three key areas that we tackled in this session included:
We discussed the areas that need improvement, including:
Some of the action items include:
Existing sponsors will be reviewed and interviews conducted to ensure that developer sponsorship is utilized properly. While seeking more ways to raise funds for the project, the Committee will focus on documenting and streamlining current processes for new sponsor engagement. The main goals for the Capital Committee will be to:
The new Events Team is in the process of being organized. In the end around 22 people volunteered to join the team. Next steps are contacting the people and finalizing the team.
In 2012 we are planning two major events with a 6 month gap between them. One of them will most likely be in Europe and one in North America. Both events are targeted for 300 people. A more detailed concept will be posted to the public leadership list soon.
These are the main goals for the Treasurer team:
Joomla Web administrators are highly needed in the marketplace today. We've begun investigating ways in which we can support the growth of qualified Joomla administrators around the world, one of which would be through a potential certification program. With a certification program, employers could have more confidence in investing in a Joomla-based website. We're very early in the learning process, so we're looking forward to collect more information to see if it's an opportunity worth following up further.
The Communications Team will oversee the following action items:
We’re eager to move forward on our action items, and we feel good about our two days together. These notes represent an overview of our discussions, but we'll be diving deep into acting on these immediately. There’s much work to be done, but we’re ready to take on the challenge. Thank you for your support and volunteer efforts!
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