What I Learned At Drupalcon - Dayna
To start off our "What I learned at Drupalcon" series I thought we'd start off with a bang. When I asked around the office for a short blurb on what we learned at Drupalcon I was not expecting such great, thought out, responses. So today we'll start off with Dayna.
While at Drupalcon it was obvious that Dayna was getting a lot out of the conference. At the ended of each day we'd all get together and share and you could just tell she had so many new and exciting ideas.
What Dayna did was respond to me in the form of her own blog post. If you didn't know already, Dayna writes a great blog over at Heartist.ca about being what she calls a heartist. You'll have to ask her what the actual definition of a heartist is, but from what I gather it is about being creative in every aspect of your life.
So below is a exert from Dayna's blog post. You can read the whole thing on her blog.
This year and every year, the most apparent thing I learn at Drupalcon, is what a talented, hard working team I am a part of. It completely blows my mind how much Drupal knowledge we have and how much Drupal work we have done, yet we have never been hired to specifically build a “Drupal” site. We’ve simply been harnessing the power of Drupal to meet our client needs since 2008. It’s kind of like selling them the hay and giving them the barn.
Because Drupal is so young, our team is entirely self taught. We all have a lot of experience in our respective fields, but we’ve had to adapt. We all know our focus, we all know what we should be learning, and we have developed all of our processes and procedures ourself. And I know that there must be an easier way! This year I set out to connect with other Project Managers and find out what they were doing to make the beautiful beast that is Drupal a bit easier to saddle up and ride.
In the past year, I have identified a few major tools that would make my job A LOT easier and I set out to investigate solutions.
1. A standard, scaleable engagement process.
2. A precise, flexible quoting system.
3. A standard, easy explanation why my client would like a Drupal site over any other type of site. So far I use a LEGO comparison.
As always, I was sure to keep tabs on the rock stars of the Drupal Project Management world, @vcreatrix, @msamye @chrisstrahl and Lullabot’s Seth Brown, all of whom I first laid eyes on at Drupalcon San Francisco last year. These four PM leaders co-chaired a panel called Strategies for Client Management. It was apparent that their roles had scaled greatly over the past year and that they were more honed in on what project management tools actually work with large scale Drupal projects. I mean, these PMs are leading and consulting on the development of some of biggest websites in the world... [Click here to read more]
Read what the rest of the team learned: