|Community Development Manager: Status Update|
|Written by David Hurley|
|Thursday, 14 March 2013 02:19|
As this is my initial public blog post I’d like to say “Hello and it’s nice to meet you!” I’m David Hurley and in case you’ve not seen the previous posts, I am the Community Development Manager for Joomla. I’ve worked with Joomla since before it was Joomla and have had opportunity to continue to develop in Joomla for many years. If you are interested in more of my bio, you can check out the official appointment post below (or ask me). But for now I’d like to move on to the good stuff. Over the last few days, I’ve had the opportunity to hear from a couple of great people wondering a bit more about what my role involves and what I’ve been able to work on so far. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to provide a status report of sorts regarding how things are progressing, what’s been accomplished, and how excited I am about the future.
Reviewing the goals
In order to remind anyone interested of what was discussed previously, I want to first reiterate what my original job description defined as my five key areas of focus.
The full post of the job description can be found here, http://magazine.joomla.org/issues/Issue-Sept-2012/item/838-Help-Wanted-Community-Development-Manager
What's been done so far
Below I’ve listed the areas where I’ve been focusing on in the past few months and how I’ve been (hopefully) working towards the original job description and far, far beyond.
As you look through this list, you may find that some of the original points are not as directly addressed as others. I don’t want you to think I am neglecting them in any way. Here’s how I see things. Before I can dig too deeply into some of these areas I believe there is value in looking at the large picture and making sure we have a clear organized focus for Joomla as a whole. I have worked heavily with both the community and the leadership teams listening to their ideas and their goals...and as a result have worked to organize some large-scale items.
Forming a plan
Once we have a roadmap of what we want to accomplish (knowing this will change with time), then we can begin the process of digging into the details of how to accomplish those goals. Digging into the details means organizing and standardizing working groups which focus on the ideas and goals listed on the roadmap; defining tasks in those working groups to accomplish those goals; assigning tasks to developers in the working groups; seeing the code contributed, the task completed, the goal achieved, and the roadmap fulfilled! See my vision? It’s pretty exciting and definitely one that keeps me going.
Now that so much of the groundwork has been laid and so many different large-scale items have been focused on and work done, I have more opportunity to begin looking into more detail at particular aspects of things and how to improve even more. I am the first to admit I don’t know everything there is to know and I love to listen. If you have ideas, I want to hear them. While we sometimes have differing opinions about certain aspects of how Joomla is handled, I am convinced we all maintain a singular focus - the continued long-term success of Joomla. I like to focus on relationships, because when the dust settles, the relationships are what matter. I’ve already been able to meet so many amazing people (and so many more to come still) and I have been able to hear so many great things, ideas, and dreams. I consider it a great honor to fill the role I do, not only in Joomla, and in the future of Joomla, but also in all the various aspects of Joomla that matter to each of you.
Get in touch
If anyone is interested in more detail about any of the various ideas I’ve mentioned or would like links to particular docs (if they exist) please don’t hesitate to email me, email@example.com or post a message in the associated forum discussion, http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=794709 and I will be more than happy to point you to their location. Finally, I think we would all agree that while these plans are great, roadmaps are important, and structure/organization help everyone feel more comfortable - ultimately we need involvement, we need action, we need you. I cannot stress enough, I want to hear from you, and even more importantly I want to get you involved. Together we build the future of Joomla.