Talking Drupal
Talking Drupal is a weekly chat about web design and development by a group a guys with one thing in common, we love Drupal. With hosts Stephen Cross, John Picozzi and Nic Laflin.

Today we are talking about Non-Code Contribution

TalkingDrupal.com/317

Topics

  • What is Talking Drupal
    • Podcast with audio and video
  • We recorded our 300th episode in June, over 175 guests, 700K audio downloads
  • Weekly episodes covering a variety of topics
  • Most recent 315 with Tara King, Director of Developer Relations at automatic, Comparing Drupal and Wordpress Communities
  • Visit www.talkingdrupal.com
  • This may be a different keynote than you are accustomed to. Talking Drupal is a discussion, and that’s what we are having today.
  • Today we are talking about Non-Code Contribution: Using your passion and skills to power open source.
  • What is contribution in an open-source project?
  • Providing your time, skills or resources to benefit the project
  • Today we’re talking about non code contributions
  • Early on contribution was considered writing code
  • Over time we have learned to value non-code contributions just as much as code contrib
  • Rather than defining non-code contribution by what it is not, we need a term to define it by what it is
  • Community is built in meetups, camps, and cons
  • Majority of contribution has nothing to do with coding at a camp
    • Attending
    • Speaking
    • Training
    • Organizing
  • Organizing a camp (NEDCamp.org / Nov 19th)
  • Volunteering at a camp
    • Stephen - Sponsorship, lead for many years
    • Nic - Website & Signage
    • John - Current Lead, Day of Logistics, Venue coordination
  • Some other examples of contribution
    • Mentorship
    • Documentation
    • Training
    • Summits
    • Being on a committee/Board
    • Answering questions in issue queue
    • Answering questions in slack
  • Who is a contributor?
  • Is it a self designation or a community designation?
  • Why would you contribute?
    • Contribution is a relationship
    • Give and receive
    • Makes you feel good
    • Benefit Skills
      • Technical
      • Communication
      • Project Management
    • Benefit Career
      • Skills
      • Visibility
      • Building Personal Network
      • Networking at Events
    • Financial Compensation
  • Contribute does not always mean nights and weekends
    • Usually starts that way
  • Contribute as part of your job
    • Employers are open supporting open source, there are benefits got both company and employee
    • Contribute to external project or contribute internal project to open source
  • Will your company support your time to make NCC
    • 315 we learned about Wordpress’ contribution goals
    • Launched in 2014, Five for the Future encourages organizations to contribute five percent of their resources to WordPress development.
  • Government
    • 2016 Federal Source Code Policy
    • Support for open source usage, encourage sharing across agencies
    • 20 percent created code should be open source
  • Start the Dialog with your company
  • Why do we contribute - Contribution can be personal like donating to your favorite charity or playing your favorite game.
    • Nic
      • I was asked
      • I enjoy giving back
      • Helps my career
    • Stephen
      • Sharing and Learning
    • John
      • To help people and solve technical challenges for people
      • Education and knowledge sharing
      • To support something larger than myself / make the world a better place
  • How did TD Start
    • Long before Joe Rogans podcast deal with Spotify of 100 million
    • 2008 - With Liberty and Justice for All - 5th grader
    • Obama McCain
    • 7 episodes
    • Mechanics of podcasting,work involved with pre and post record production
    • Virtual book club with Jason Pamental - pick a web design book, assign weekly chapters, Google Hangout
    • Like to learn - similar Drupal journeys - makings of an interesting podcast… great reason to talk every week
  • When did we start considering it a contribution? When did we start giving contribution credits on Drupal.org
  • How did Talking Drupal come to be a non-code contribution?
    • It always was a non-code contribution, we didn’t consider it at first because the Drupal community was code focused.
    • Drupal.org Credit for TD started 20 November 2020
  • Community Projects
    • When did the drupal community start supporting NCC
  • Why is this important
  • How has the show & other non-code contribution impacted our lives / careers
    • Stephen
      • Friendships
      • Have helped others
    • Nic
      • Friendships
      • Clients
    • John
      • Connections - Hey you are that guy
      • Given me a sense of value
      • Gives me a sense of supporting the community
  • Why are non-code contributions important
    • As valuable to the health of a project as code contributions.
    • There are non-code requirements for all projects
    • Not everyone is a developer/coder
    • Get’s more people with a variety of skills involved in the community
    • Moves open source forward
  • Challenges of Contributing
    • Contribution Imposter Syndrome
    • My Contribution isn’t valuable
    • Dealing with concerns that it’s not helpful
  • Focus on your skills and passions
  • Work, life, contribution balance
    • Work it into your work
    • Build a career based on contribution
    • Contrib doesn’t have to be Nights and Weekends
    • Add 30 min to the start or end of your day
    • If you do tackle one thing a night
    • Provide contrib during your workday
  • Sustainability
  • Projects are easy to do short time,
    • Energy is high
    • Newness interesting
  • Most podcast don’t make it past 8 episodes
    • Long term is a challenge
    • Pre-show guest scheduling, content planning, shownotes
    • Post Production audio and video
    • Release and marketing
    • 1 hour show = 6 - 8 hours
  • Priorities and interests change over time
  • NCC easier to transition in and out
    • Had to make transition out of my primary roles and I did that, projects have thrived in those transitions
  • Be honest with yourself
  • How to get involved / How to contribute
    • Just get started
    • Look at your skill set
    • Look at your interests
    • Ask in the issue queue or drupal slack for a starting point
    • You can also reach out to most camp organizers for recommendations
  • Takeaways
    • John
      • Anyone can and everyone should contribute
    • Stephen
      • Your contribution is valuable
    • Nic
      • Code and non code are equal to the long term health of the project

Resources

Hosts

Nic Laflin - www.nLighteneddevelopment.com @nicxvan
John Picozzi - www.epam.com @johnpicozzi
Stephen Cross - @stephencross

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