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Filling the Drupal Talent Pool

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Thomas Edison said, "There is far more opportunity than there is ability," which still holds true in many technology sectors today, especially in the Drupal Community. For years we’ve sailed onward with a pretty lean "experienced" talent pool – sometimes overextending ourselves, our employees, and our contractors. We’re good, but we lack numbers. And if we keep on this way, we are not only going to lose market share for Drupal, we’re going to lose talented people to burnout and discontent.

DrupalEasy Podcast 112: One Track Mind

Mike Ryan (mikeryan), author, maintainer of the Migrate module, and Acquia’s unofficial “migration guy” joins Ted Bowman and Mike Anello on the one-hundred-and-twelveth episode of the DrupalEasy Podcast. The Migrate module is covered from all angles, including the Drupal-to-Drupal Data Migration module, the future of the migrate module, and contributed module support. Recent departures from the list of Drupal 8 maintainers leads to an interesting discussion about the possible effects of the major Drupal 8 code changes on the rate of Drupal 7-to-Drupal 8 module upgrades. Finally, we wraps things up with some picks of the week and Mike Ryan’s answers to our five questions.

DrupalEasy Podcast 111: It Depends

Kay VanValkenburgh (kay_v), training designer and owner of OwnSourcing, a Drupal training and development firm based in Boston joins Ryan Price, Ted Bowman, and Mike Anello on the 111th edition of the DrupalEasy Podcast. Kay is somewhat of an expert when it comes to designing effective mentoring programs, so we decided to pick his brain about Drupal community mentoring, professional mentoring, what makes a good mentor, and why nobody but Mike likes the word, “mentee”. On top of all that we talked about Drupal UI basic principles, free Drupal development hosting, the (future) Drupal 8 logo, and our picks of the week.

Keynote at DrupalCamp Connecticut

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DrupalCamp Connecticut logoI'm honored to announce that I'll be giving the keynote at DrupalCamp Connecticut, to be held at Yale University on Saturday, August 10th. The organizers of the event no doubt have me confused with someone else, but I'm going to show up and give the keynote anyway (heh).

Born and raised a Nutmegger, but now living in Florida, I still make frequent trips to The Constitution State to visit family and friends, and I've always tried to make time to attend a local meetup. My help in organizing one of the first meetups in Connecticut was cited as one of the reason I was asked to give this year's keynote.

The topic for the keynote that I've decided upon is mentoring. I've got pretty strong feelings about how I think mentoring is just as valuable for the mentor as the mentee, as well as how I think it is just as important to our community as contributing code, contributing documentation, or acting as a community organizer.

A Different Kind of Drupal Community Contribution: Mentoring

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The Drupal community has a problem, or perhaps it's better to say a perception problem. We tend to look at contributions to Drupal through code-tainted glasses.

This isn't really all that surprising, seeing how we are an open-source software project. We'd be nothing without the plethora of talented developers who, over the past 12 years, have helped make Drupal one of the top content management systems available today. It's also fair to say that two other types of contributions are well-known: documentation and community organizing. Both play a vital role in the health of our project. Without strong documentation it would be (even more) difficult climb the Drupal learning curve, and without community organizers, I doubt anyone would argue that our growth wouldn't be nearly as fast.

But there is another huge contribution that needs to come into view. It's one that I'd argue is equally as important as code, documentation, and community organization if the project is to grow and develop; and that is mentoring. A lack of guidance among newbies is creating longer paths to proficiency, and we are destined to keep struggling with seasoned-talent shortage if we, at least some of us, don't shift our priorities a bit. We've got plenty of awesome code, but it's no small issue that our supply of developers, at the level we are all looking to hire, is becoming a handicap to the development of Drupal.

We feel it is so key to Drupal's future, that we've made it an integral part of our 10-week Drupal Career Starter Program.

tl;dr version: we're looking for mentors, you should apply.

DrupalEasy Podcast 110: Oh, A Beta

Mike Potter (mpotter), a Software Architect from Phase 2, and the technical lead for Open Atrium 2.x joins a full slate of DrupalEasy Podcast hosts: Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, Ted Bowman, and Mike Anello to talk about the future of Open Atrium, migrating from Open Atrium 1.x to 2.x, the future of the Case Tracker functionality, and all the new hotness of Open Atrium. Along the way we also cover some Drupal Association news, get a NYC Camp report, and take a quiz about Drupal events around the world!

DrupalEasy Podcast 109: Gray Area

Rick Manelius (rickmanelius), a project architect from Newmedia joins Mike Anello and Ted Bowman to talk about how and why Drupal developers should care about PCI Compliance. Anyone who builds, or is thinking of building, Drupal Commerce sites should listen to this episode. In addition to all the scintillating talk about PCI Compliance, we also discussed DrupalCon Prague, the Drupal 8 API Freeze, and our picks of the week!

DrupalEasy Podcast 108: Panopoly, Pins, Prague, and Paper Plates

Matt Cheney (populist), maintainer of the Panopoly Distribution joins Ted Bowman, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello to dive deep into Panopoly, disect Drupal Association Board Meeting minutes, discuss the state of Drupal’s community tools, decide that the DrupalCon Prague logo is the best ever, and dream about getting our hands on a Florida Drupal Diver pin.

DrupalEasy Podcast 107: E%$#&prise

Mike Kadin (mkadin), creator and head-referee from ModuleOff.com, joins Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello to talk about his competitive Drupalizing web site, WYSIWYG in Drupal, the E#$@!prise, as well as some great picks of the week.

DrupalEasy Podcast 106: Demoception

Kristof Van Tomme (kvantomme), Lee Rowlands (larowlan), and Nick Schuch (nick_schuch) join (the uncomfortably echo-y) Mike Anello and Ted Bowman (tedbow) to talk about the Tour module and Walkthough.it. The Tour module is a recent addition to Drupal 8 that allows for contextual help in the form of a series of popups that can walk users through the various elements on a Drupal administration page. We get sidetracked by Lee’s Comment as Field potential Drupal 8 addition, DrupalCon Portland, a Drupal.org hacking, and a very special edition of 5 Questions.