[consulting] and they call it drupalcamp
sechrest at jas.peak.org
Sat Feb 25 15:27:34 UTC 2006
Henri Poole <poole at civicactions.com> writes:
% Sector Wide Shortage of Drupal IA Talent:
% At CivicActions, our objective is clear: We need more talent,
% especially in the competency area of theming and IA. IMHO, there are far
% two few available contractors who are available and who know this cold.
% We have a classic supply problem and a very big (and growing) demand for
% brilliant designers and engineers. We don't seem to be alone with this
I agree that a limitation for the growth of drupal is
having talent that is an expert at drupal. And that having
more talent can be helpful. And I totally support
a DrupalCamp (or DrupalCampSeries). Having been at RecentChangesCamp,
I found the process to be very valuable. Many of the things
currently being discussed on the list would just fall out
of the process when the UnConference model is used.
But down at the bottom of the pile for me is an economic issue.
I can get resources at my company to work on drupal tasks,
when I bring them clients who will pay for the work and I can
justify the time and energy spent on the task. (And it is fine
to include some percentage of overhead for support back
to the drupal community).
If there is a shortage of talent, it often means that there
is also a shortage of funds put forward to make it worth the
while of people who do things to support small businesses.
While some people do it for fun, and some people have salaries
that let the work on the process directly, more people who
are consultants are running very hard to keep revenue coming
in for each month.
DrupalCamp is a great way to get a high value for these small
consultants, to amplify what they are doing. And to amplify what
others can do.
If it is also possible to connect the "demand" to "$" and connect
these to "consultants", then it will spur more work that will
feed the whole talent pool that you are looking for.
% Decentralize Training:
% In my opinion, something to consider would be to *decentralize* training
% - agreeing and planning for multiple firms and individuals that host
% drupal camps. If this happens, we would all benefit from a policy to
% open license our content, and focus our individual camps on specialized
% training in all of the areas mentioned in this thread (not limiting our
% ideas this early in the game).
I agree that a DrupalCampSeries is more likely to generate more
people in the long run. But we are going to need to have some
cross-fertilization. Many of us can not afford to fly off
to several places. But if a critical mass of people can make it to
more than one DrupalCamp, it would be helpful.
The costs that were proposed early were:
Fly to NY - $650
conference cost - $500
place to stay - $300 (3x$100)
Food - $100
(Is there any way to trim these costs? )
For many people this is a signficant commitment. Unless there is
substantial cashflow to support it, it would be hard to repeat.
Perhaps it would be helpful for consultants to try to add
some planning on funding DrupalCamp trips, so they can
go to at least two of these a year.
% Open License Policy:
% Boris, I would imagine that the entire community is very happy to hear
% that Bryght is (and has been for some time) on board with Creative
% Commons Attribution Share Alike licensing policy. With CivicActions,
% that makes two firms at least, which is a good start. Are other
% potential camp organizers willing to make a similar commitment?
My firm has no problem using Creative Commons licensing. And
I am waiting to see what the critical mass is for a NorthWest
DrupalCamp will be.
If we don't have something happen in the Vancouver/Seattle/Portland
area, I can make something happen in the Corvallis area.
But I suspect that it will be easier for most people to end up
in Seattle as a central meeting point.
John Sechrest . Helping people use
. computers and the Internet
. more effectively
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