UDS-P Day 4

UDS-P Day 4

Can’t believe the week is almost past, it’s been great fun, really intense at times at sessions, exhausting and brilliant all in one go. People don’t seem to understand you’re in sessions from 9am – 6pm, you start talking and interacting with people from breakfast through lunch and then hang out in the evening.  It can be mentally draining, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for which I am grateful to be here to experience.

This morning at the  round table we started discussing and choosing the  subjects for the Leadership Mini-Summit later on so as to make it more productive. We then spent the rest of the session talk about the BuildingCommunity pages. For me I see them as a collection of pages linking to the main page which is translated, landing on this page it is not currently translated which cuts off a large chunk of the community.  Another concern raised was were they being maintained and how up to date the information realy was. There were some thoughts on could we see if we could find out the stats for those wiki pages and see how often they are used, or change the wiki in some way to allow button type responses. Not entirely sure how this would work.

Next session for me was a hallway session, I was able to catch up with Matthew Garret who I had not properly spoken to since SkyCon back in 2007 so that was rather nice to be able to do.

It was great to be able to have a 2nd LoCo Council session at UDS as it was needed to sit down with people and finalise the last two topics we needed to discuss that have been mentioned on IRC for the last 6 months on 1-1 basis and I really wanted them aired and discussed in public to get a community solution one way or another.  One of the main discussions in this session was the discussion of language-based (locale) teams in the LoCo Team Portal (Locale V LoCo). These teams are translation teams and  don’t have a physically shared location as they could be anywhere in the world they also don’t come under the governance of the LoCo Council.

We all agreed that they will remain in the LTP in spite of not being a LoCo team  with the possibility of  adding a new section on the teams page under this heading to avoid confusion. The second topic which has been on my mind for some time as I’m trying to think past the 6 month goal and plan for the future of LoCo teams and put in measures now to help them in the future so being proactive rather than reactive to the growth of teams.  The  proposal to review some of the larger countries and allow more localised LoCo teams like the United States  which has teams based on states, they all still fall under the parent team. I’m really happy everyone thought this was a good way to proceed I do appreciate people will wonder what is happening.  The idea is to use a teams geographic state/province boundaries and create teams in those areas, and if like USA there is nobody there then no team will be created, however it could be and will be as can be see from USA the driving power behind some new LoCo team blood being created which is good for everyone.

Final session before lunch was Community Participation in user experience this session was talking about the Design team and community involvement. This session followed the one earlier in the week about developing a User Experience that a community team could focus on, so they will be blogging about it more and those features will be on multiple places to read such as the  Ubuntu Fridge and Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.  There was also a great idea to identify some people who would be willing to help with this community team.

The afternoon was the Leadership summit and having already pre defined the topics made it more productive, but I did find some of the sessions weren’t as focused as others and didn’t stick to the timings which made it difficult at times, so I think having a strong driving person keeping people on track is really necessary.

We discussed the following items and I found it personally interesting hearing the different views on theses areas from people in the room coming from different backgrounds, some in governance and some not and others using work life as an examples leads for lot for food for thought.

  • Growing Motivation
  • Canonical <-> Community Leadership Connection
  • Role of the Canonical Community Team
  • Role of the Community Council
  • Leadership Futures with a growing community
  • How do we grow leaders
Last night we ended up in down town Disney for dinner as I really wanted to eat in Planet Hollywood!  Thanks to Martin Bogomolni who drove  myself, Penelope Stowe, Scott Richie and Elizabeth Krumbach down there for dinner. After dinner we decided t talk a short stroll and walk off the dinner and cocktails and I suggested the  Characters in Flight tethered balloon, now first you must understand something, I am scared shitless of heights and go in planes with no issues, glass elevators and escalators do make me very nervous so I’m trying to get over my fear by trying new things. It was amazing being up so high even if it was a bit bumpy and I perhaps may have sworn a little wee bit on going up, but once we were at the top and stationary looking out over Disney I was able to settle a bit. We were really fortunate to be able to see the fireworks coming both Magic Kingdom and Epcot for the closing ceremonies!  We even ended up being the last ride of the night due to the winds starting to pick up so kudos to me to manage a bumpy ride, not fall out and not pass out!
laura and pen in the character balloon at down town disney

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