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Change in general meeting time

Going forward, our weekly general meetings will continue to take place Tuesdays at 4 p.m. UTC. If you just went through Daylight Saving then your meeting time will move back an hour.

For example, if you’re located in Eastern Time in the United States, your meeting time went from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can use World Time Buddy to confirm your local time.

See you Tuesdays at 4 p.m. UTC!

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Researching Governance Models: A Call to Action

The core purpose of the WordPress Governance Project is to illuminate existing and ad hoc governance models within the WordPress Open Source project and provide input on how to create an official governance platform for the project. A crucial component of this work is discovering and evaluating existing governance models both within the Open Source Software space and in other comparable organizations and communities. For this we need all hands on deck.

To start the work, we have created a list of relevant governance models in need of research. To get the work done, we ask contributors to claim a model (by adding their name to the sheet in the correct column) and perform some preliminary research using a form.

Current list

  • AMP Project
  • Apache
  • Cloud Foundry
  • Debian
  • Drupal
  • Eclipse
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • IETF RFC2418
  • Joomla
  • Moodle
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • Node.js
  • OpenStack
  • QGIS
  • Python Foundation
  • Ubuntu
  • VVVS (Varying Vagrant Vagrants)
  • WP-CLI

If you are familiar with the governance models of any of these groups, or you want to learn more about them, or you know of a relevant governance model worth adding to the list, add your info to the spreadsheet and capture your research in the form.

Our goal is to have every governance model claimed by Tuesday March 12 and the forms filled out for each model by Tuesday March 19.

General meeting minutes: 04/16/2019

The following are minutes from the general project meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

All documents for The WordPress Governance Project can be accessed on the project’s Google Drive.

Props: Pat Lockley and Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Agenda

  1. Comments on minutes from last meeting (if any)
  2. Appointment of meeting lead + secretary
  3. Update on action items from last meeting
  4. WCEU and publication strategy
  5. Open floor

Minutes

  • Review of minutes from previous meeting. No issues.
  • Morten chaired, Pat took minutes.
  • Updates from last meeting:
    • Morten invited people to join the Trello board.
    • Blog post about Team Drive action put back a week due to time commitments.
    • Morten thanked Cathi for her work with others on the stakeholder document.
    • Pat brought up the form doc being migrated and whether the related blog post needed changing, but it seems “ok”.
  • Point 4 – WCEU and publication strategy
    • Morten confirmed Alex noting the Governance Project does not have a slot on the WCEU schedule.
    • Morten confirmed it was never an official goal to announce at an event (and subsequent discussion has occurred in #general and #group-communication).
    • Discussion occurred on how to best release and distribute the data.
    • Discussion to continue at next general meeting.
  • Morten moved to open floor
    • Remkus suggested he may be able to do stuff at WCEU – contributor day was mentioned. Remkus will check.
    • Pat raised issues over raising agenda items and suggested tweets (as discussed previously) as possible slack channels. Morten created two new channels: #suggested-agenda and #suggested-tweets.
    • Discussion over an outreach team
    • Discussion over meeting time changes. European members want the meeting moved to one hour earlier. Discussion around the meeting time being North America / Western Europe friendly possibly excluding contributors from other regions.

Action items

  • Add discussion of publication strategy surrounding WCEU on the agenda for next meeting.
  • Remkus to explore options for WCEU.
  • Add discussion of meeting times to agenda for next meeting.

General meeting minutes: 04/9/2019

The following are minutes from the general project meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

All documents for The WordPress Governance Project can be accessed on the project’s Google Drive.

Props: Pat Lockley and Rachel Cherry

Agenda

  1. Review action items from March 26th meeting
    Make sure everyone knows how to join Trello board
    New: Team Drive
    New: Automated tweets
    Discussion: Current project documents
    Discussion: Project research on existing governance
    Discussion: Project’s governance hypothesis
    Open floor

Minutes

  • Review of the Trello board
    • Everyone is free to self-assign tasks.
  • New: Team Drive
  • Confirmed auto tweeting new blog posts and meeting reminders was complete
  • Discussed suggestions for recurring / automatic tweets
  • Discussed current project documents
    • Cathi Bosco shared the work on #group-communication
    • Including experience maps and stakeholder identification
    • Cathi and Alex Sirota have been workshopping scenarios, which need proof reading
  • Discussed promotion and support for communication documents
  • Discussed new research: case studies on current WordPress teams and their governance: what exists, what works, what doesn’t work, what they’d like to see changed/implemented.
  • Discussion: Morten Rand-Hendriksen and Rachel Cherry to get started on project’s governance hypothesis

Action items

What should WordPress Governance look like?

As the weekend approaches, here’s my challenge to the WordPress community and other interested parties:

If you got to decide, what would WordPress’ governance structure look like?

As work progresses in the WordPress Governance Project, several people have reached out with suggestions and opinions about what WordPress governance should look like. This is a good thought experiment to get the conversation going about both what is and what can be. It is also a good platform to build a Governance Hypothesis, effectively a starting point from which further research can be conducted.

We are looking for all opinions here, short ones, long ones, new ideas, tried-and-tested models from other projects, general concepts, and fully fleshed out governance proposals. This is your opportunity to think big and approach the governance of 33.4% of the web as a design problem.

Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below or in blog posts (and link them in the comments below) and take part in the development of a Governance Hypothesis for WordPress.

I know you have opinions on this. Even if the opinion is “I want everything to stay exactly as it is today,” we want to hear it. So, avoid disappointment and future regret. Act now!

Comments & Suggestions: WordPress Stakeholders Document

We’d like to take this opportunity to request input from the wider WordPress community as we continue the work of identifying the Stakeholders of WordPress. We are further identifying 3 unique Stakeholders, Publishers, Enterprise, and Freelance Developers/Designers. Please review the entire document and make any comments or suggestions as we go through another editing phase. – Thank you

Add your comments and suggestions to the comment section of this page: Identifying the Stakeholder of WordPress

While we collectively begin the creation of a proposed Governance Document to support WordPress, it is useful to identify who the project serves.

General meeting minutes: 03/26/2019

The following are minutes from the general project meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

All documents for The WordPress Governance Project can be accessed on the project’s Google Drive.

Props: Pat Lockley and Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Agenda

  1. Minutes from last meeting
  2. Meeting leader and secretary
  3. Anything to add to the agenda?
  4. Review action items from March 19th meeting.
  5. New: Trello board.
  6. New: Twitter handle.
  7. Update on Stakeholders document.
  8. Moving governance research forward (recruiting etc)
  9. Open floor

Minutes

  • On minutes from last meeting, only dissent on the agenda was about reducing agenda items, Morten commented that today’s agenda was mostly announcements.
  • Morten facilitated the meeting, Pat took minutes
  • Morten asked if there was anything we needed to add to the agenda
    • Pat pointed to reducing agenda item discussion. Item was punted to Open Floor
  • Morten asked about Action Item updates:
    • Setup TeamDrive
      • In progress.
    • Setup Trello
      • Done. Access required.
    • Set up automated tweets from bank of tweets
      • In progress.
    • Share the word about getting involved and what we’re working on
      • Ongoing.
    • Setup automated tweets when blog posts are published
      • In progress.
    • Set up automated tweets for meeting reminders
      • In progress.
    • Remkus is gonna help find our “what governance means” messages
      • Punted to next meeting
    • Cathi is gonna tidy up our logo and create a Twitter header image
      • Done. Everyone applaud Cathi for a job well done.
    • Push the recruitment for research help
      • Ongoing.
    • Everyone sign up for at least one of the research items and do the research
      • Ongoing.
  • A Trello board for the project has been created. Find it and contribute at https://trello.com/b/UhHUYOUf/the-wordpress-governance-project.
    • Pat asked about joining, board status needs to be confirmed
    • Cathi suggested the board would be a good idea to maintain a series of links to resources
    • Morten asked for a volunteer to manage the board, Pat volunteered.
  • A new Twitter handle for the project has been created. Follow it and share its tweets at https://twitter.com/wpgovernance.
    • Morten said the twitter handle would soon auto tweet and asked people to retweet and share tweets from the project
    • ACTION everyone share tweets
    • Pat suggested having a channel for tweet ideas, Morten suggested that as an agenda item for the next meeting
    • ACTION Morten / Rachel add to agenda for next meeting
  • Morten asked Cathi for an update on the Stakeholder document.
    • Cathi said we are collecting input, edits and comments on 3 new Stakeholder entries – please check out Enterprise, Frellancers, & Publishers
    • once we finalize our work we can update the website by adding these 3 …
    • We’d like to get them updated by Friday.
    • Morten asked Cathi if she could write a small blog post about it so it could be shared. Cathi agreed.
    • ACTION Cathi to write blog post
    • ACTION Everyone – feedback to Cathi on the document
  • Morten moved onto recruitment for the governance work
    • Morten asked for ideas and suggestions for this issue as it’s a persistent problem
    • Everyone discussed lack of time as a key issue for lack of progress
    • Morten suggested creating a Governance Hypothesis and then testing models against that
    • Morten suggested using a blog post to create conversation
    • ACTION Morten write a blog post
    • Cathi will make accompanying graphic for blog post
  • Morten turned to open floor
    • Morten acknowledged the request for shorter agendas.
    • Pat raised that the form belongs to him, Morten said we’d deal with it once we had a team drive.
  • Morten closed the meeting at 16:55UTC

Action items

  • Morten / Rachel work on getting people access to Trello board.
  • Everyone join the WP Governance Project Trello board.
  • Everyone follow and share Tweets from @WPGovernance.
  • Morten / Rachel discuss adding #tweet-suggestions or similar channel in Slack.
  • Cathi to write short blog post to recruit input on new stakeholder personas.
  • Everyone provide feedback on new stakeholders.
  • Morten to write blog post about Governance Hypothesis.

General meeting minutes: 03/19/2019

The following are minutes from the general project meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

All documents for The WordPress Governance Project can be accessed on the project’s Google Drive.

Props: Pat Lockley and Rachel Cherry

Agenda

  1. Minutes from last meeting
  2. Meeting facilitator and secretary
  3. Project communication
  4. Open floor

Minutes

  • Rachel Cherry started the meeting. Pat Lockley took minutes.
  • Discussed the need to recruit people for the governance models research
    • Discussed road blocks, raised the issue of communicating calls to action
  • Remkus de Vries commented that most of us are on Twitter and so a Twitter account would help
    • Discussed who would run the account. Remkus and Cathi Bosco volunteered.
  • Rachel suggested @wpgovernance for the Twitter handle – account created
  • Discussed content to tweet
  • Brief discussion over best WP to Twitter tool
  • We liked one of Cathi’s logos and one was added to the Twitter page
  • Some work was needed to aggregate replies to the governance tweet for the new Twitter account
    • Rachel asked for Twitter volunteers, Pat and Remkus volunteered

Action items

  • Setup TeamDrive
  • Setup Trello
  • Set up automated tweets from bank of tweets
    • Share the word about getting involved and what we’re working on
  • Setup automated tweets when blog posts are published
  • Set up automated tweets for meeting reminders
  • Remkus is gonna help find our “what governance means” messages
  • Cathi is gonna tidy up our logo and create a Twitter header image
  • Push the recruitment for research help
  • Everyone sign up for at least one of the research items and do the research