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UDS-P Day 2

UDS-P Day 2

It’s been really great to meet people so far that I’ve been talking to via IRC or mailing lists and get to know them. Putting the faces to the names helps communication in the future.

The day kicked off again with the Community round table session, we discussed the results of the Community Survey that Jono conducted in October, these were sent out to Ubuntu Member.    You can see from the results people don’t like bickering in the Community, we  wanted to see which  people were experiencing some, any, all type and and if we can fix this issue. In this session we went through the  responses to the leadership questions which is very interesting to read and see the diverse answers  and we looked at where people were empowered and motivated to join the leadership teams within the community.

For the next session the LoCo Council members Chris, Christoph and myself got together and worked on a summary of the work we had done for the last cycle as it’s important to know what a council has being doing for a cycle and let everyone know so they can if they want learn more about what the team does.  The  final cycle  post is here.

It’s amazing and great to be able to sit face to face with the lads and get things done and discuss the issues face to face and really get on top of things. Being able to work on some of this stuff this week is really good, and we also sent a mail to UDS folks if they are here to come meet us and talk to us about your LoCo Team.  So far we’ve had 2 members from teams come to us which is great.

We also worked on some outstanding bug issues for us as the team.  I spoke to IS about getting some statistic from them regarding Loco. Ubuntu.com and seeing how many teams are using it.  Finally we got to work on our action items so far and scheduled another session for Thursday here at UDS to discuss Locale V LoCo on the LTP (LoCo Team Portal), we are also going to discuss the benefits to breaking up some of the larger countries into state/provinces like other locos already.

Next on the list was cloud .ubuntu.com development and where it is going this cycle, Jorge Castro is the new lead on this project and its always great watching him in a session he really drives to get things done and I can see already from the blueprint there are lots of cool action items coming, from making it more easier to navigate by adding new sections, explaining what JuJu is all about to getting more activity on twitter and more blog posts each month to encourage more interaction within the community.

Lunch time post plenaries the LoCo council are about this week to meet members from teams if you have issues/ideas want to know more come talk to us.

The after sessions was a mini Leadership summit. This session was 3 hours long and the first of a 2 day session, so we split this session into topics we picked from  the outline on the wiki

  • Limiting Council membership terms or number of councils an individual can be on at once
  • Best Practices for individuals participating on councils, boards and general leadership positions
  • Canonical-Community Interaction

These areas were discussed at length and a lot of discussion was aired to define what the challenges are within our growing community and coming up with ideas on how we can  address them in ways which would work now and could scale in future cycles.

A great idea came about as a roll check, or a health check for team councils to pop in to the Community Council meeting and give a heads up to them to let them know the team is ok, what things they are working on and a general head count to make sure things are running smoothly.  Also we looked at possibly reenforcing the Leadership Code of Conduct and how best we can do this.

It was an intense session and really interesting to see the comments coming from people on the councils both past and present and those who wish to elected to them, I’d be interested to see their opinions if they were elected and wondered would their views change on such matters.

It was a great day and ended up with me in bed at pm and not well and asleep till am today, wow so that’s what sleep feels like!

UDS-P Day 1

UDS-P Day 1

Right as rain and day 1 begins literally lashing out of the heavens with rain. Early start 4am and wide awake so the day kicks off with a blog post to Ubuntu IE and UK and post about remote participation as I do think it’s essential for people to realise that although they may not be present their comments and thoughts about processes are welcomed and encouraged.

Catching up with folks at breakfast time and before UDS sessions kicks off and there is an amazing buzz going around, many people waving hands and roaring as they’ve not seen one another reminds me how close a knit family we really are.

The sessions kick off with Jono Bacon discussing what UDS is about what we’ve looked at in the previous cycle and reminding people to eat healthy, drink lots of water and sleep, and it’s true or you will be exhausted and sick and not able to take part. Mark Shuttleworth gave an interesting keynote in so far as there were no massive shocks being announced more of a plan for the next 2 years which is good to see. He did mention that in the coming months that there is a future with Ubuntu on TVs, smart phones and tablets.   Mark discussed the fact that we now have Lens with larger integration so for example  the Music Lens, where ARM is going and the fact that in 2 years time we will see it in the data centers and servers.  What I find interesting and I am really happy to learn is that LTS will now be a 5 year maintenance which comes down to the fact there is now a larger audience and we need to cater for this.  Finally a highlight for me he mentioned was juju a language for talking about services.

I thought I’d talk about some of the sessions I attended today and how I feel they went and what kind of progress is being planned.  Up first was one of the most organised and productive community round table discussion sessions.  Here we came away on day one with action items. What we thought of the survey results, what did we think about the fact there were no shockers in Marks keynote and general feelings of the Ubuntu community.

Next up for me was Better Recognising Community Contribution  I for one have an interesting one which I’m going to be working with locoteams with.  Each month I am going to blog about a person in a locoteam who has contributed to Ubuntu in some way shape or form.  The idea behind this is put the face to the name to someone in the community, but also some Kudos or say  thank you or cheers for the help, some people referred to this as giving thanks but I  think that sounds too biblical in terms and doesn’t really sum up the way I blog, so I’ll be writing a Kudos to locoteam members once a month. Bring on the action items!

Before lunch and now I’m starving and in need of a chocolate fix was Designing and creating Ubuntu experience, how best the community can help here, but also the fact that sometimes on mailing lists numerous ideas will come out but nothing will ever be completed I thought Alison Randall really has some great ideas and really open minded on how to get more team intergration with the community which I think will help in getting items accomplished. Todays session was one of 3 Alison has planned to run on this topic so stay tuned and follow the etherpad. 1) “Designing and creating Ubuntu Experiences” 2)  “Meet with the Ubuntu Desktop Designers” 3) “Community Participation in User Experience”.

Lunch wasn’t just lunch I got to hang out with the awesome team that is launchpad and do some usability issue testing, very odd being watched how you do something and talking about your logic for way of doing it, and interesting to get feedback.

The Afternoon sessions kicked off with Ubuntu Women session.  It’s interesting to see how this team has changed in two years and one area I wanted to ask what was planned was longer than 6 months, the future for the team  and where do we see ourselves in 2 years time and we needed to have longer long  term plans rather than 6 monthly. So for me I don’t use the Ubuntu women irc channels any more nor do I take part in the meetings. 2 years ago I was elected to the LC last year the EMEA and most recently the CC I think women can see we have women in many divverse areas in the community and for me I think we’ve succeed in that area.

Finally the LoCo Council session.  We reviewed what we the LoCo Council had done in the last cycle, discussed the idea of twinning teams which are approved with teams that are unapproved .  Should teams be broken up in to smaller sub teams was vetoed but there is a plan to break up larger countries into provinces/states possibly. Standardisation of the DISPLAY team name on the LoCo team portal was also discussed and finally language locale v loco team on the portal.

So what was agreed from this session was the LoCo council would pick a selection of teams this cycle to twin with unapproved teams and help them get on their feet more a budding up type system.  A way of helping smaller younger teams learn how teams do things for their community, give them tips and ideas so we can get more teams approved.  We will be contacting teams in the coming weeks to set this up .  The idea of splitting teams up into a city sub loco was vetoed by many as it didn’t seem appropriate, what will happen instead is on the LoCo Team Portal (formally the LoCo Directory) will have an area on the team page to add city contacts, we would also encourage teams to have this information on their website.   Regarding Standerdisation of team names it was agreed that the DISPLAY name on the LTP would be done but no other change to the teams name would be.  We are also hoping to schedule another loco council session for later in the week.

For the rest of the sessions the LoCo Council sat and worked with a loco team with some Q&A and helped them better understand the options that are available to them.

A great day was had and much catching up with people was done. Day 1 is over and it’s only just begun….. clearly I need sleep that was cheesy! ;)


Taking part in UDS remotely

Taking part in UDS remotely

This week the Ubuntu Developer Summit – UDS is taking place in Orlando Florida. It is a great opportunity to listen in to the sessions as they are streamed in audio and some such as the keynote are streamed by video http://video.ubuntu.com/live/

If you  would like  to follow a session click on it’s details on the schedule page, rooms name s are also the IRC channel names should you wish to join in on irc. http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-p/ is the schedule for the week, note it may change due to people marking themselves essential so things don’t conflict  as they wish to be present in those sessions. You can subscribe to blueprints and track the years work, take part in the etherpad talks and add comments in them to be raised and don’t forget IRC.

If you do want to  participate remotely  you comments and thoughts are welcomed via IRC  the sessions take into account those views and do sometimes act upon them so you do get a chance to voice your thoughts this week to people.

Don’t forget there is a -4 hour difference this week http://uds.ubuntu.com/participate/remote/ lists all the information on how to take part remotely. Do try if you can to even listen in it’s interesting to see how the plans for the future 6 months are taken on board.