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From Rich Bowen <rbo...@rcbowen.com>
Subject Re: Establishing an ASF project for training
Date Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:36:43 GMT
It's worth mentioning that there's a conversation going right now over on
the members@ list about creating a "central services" kind of entity. That
discussion is primarily focused on design/graphic kind of stuff, but
training/documentation/presentations are similar in concept, if not in
content, and I'm definitely in favor of such an entity existing.

Your anticipated question "Isn't the ASF all about code, now you want to do
PPT!" is very insightful. The ASF exists to provide services to projects,
and this is an unfilled need that many/most of our projects have. There is
precedent - we have an infrastructure organization, a conferences entity, a
marketing group, legal, brand, and so on, that provide non-code services to
projects. Recognizing contributors for non-code contributions is *critical*
for the survival of our projects, and of the Foundation as a whole, and we
tend to be very poor at it.

So, suffice it to say, a huge +1 to this concept, although I'm not sure
where it should live - whether under ComDev (as you suggest) or as a
top-level entity. I think the latter makes a little more sense. While this
is indeed a function of community development/growth/education, it's also
sufficiently different that it may need to be independent.

What are next steps? I don't *think* this is something that should go
through the Incubator. It's not a Thing Like That. Perhaps a proposal to
the Board to create a top-level thing? I'll put a pointer to this thread
into that other thread (referenced above), and apologies to those of you
who are not ASF Members and cannot see that thread.


On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 8:23 AM Lars Francke <lars.francke@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I'd like to start a discussion around establishing a project (or Central
> Service) at the ASF to host and develop training and related materials for
> ASF (and possibly others, where it makes sense) projects.
>
> I'm a committer and contributor to a few projects and make money doing
> consulting work. Naturally people do contact us for training, and we have
> developed our own slideware etc. but we find it incredibly hard work to
> keep those up-to-date.
>
> We also work with lots of other companies and they all face the same
> challenges. At the same time, we do not believe that a slide-deck is worth
> that much on its own (others disagree, as we used to). We believe the
> instructor is the real selling-point and especially when that person is
> deeply embedded in the projects itself as a committer or PMC.
>
> So, we as a company[0] would like to donate our slide decks and other
> resources we have and establish an ASF wide training project in the hopes
> that we as a community can collaborate on those resources. We are currently
> talking to partners to assess whether they are interested in joining us in
> open sourcing their material.
>
> I'm not sure if this is a "Central Services" kind of thing or if it should
> be an Incubator project to begin with. I'm posting this here because I
> think there are good arguments for it being a project (e.g. it appears as a
> “project” in all lists that others can contribute to, it follows a familiar
> structure etc.). It might be a bit different than other projects though
> (e.g. maybe there are no real releases?).
>
> This is also not limited to just slides obviously but also accompanying
> code and potentially other media forms.
>
> One concern I have is that the material should be as objective as possible,
> but our clients especially value our (often subjective) input on the
> matureness of tools (third-party as well as ASF), processes and
> communities. So, we usually include that in our slides. I guess anyone
> using this material would need to customize it.
>
> This is how I see it but I'm happy to change based on feedback.
> In scope:
> * Develop shared material that can be used for trainings
> * Develop “labs” or “hands-on” exercises
> * Develop or document an infrastructure that can be used for those labs
> * Potentially develop tools to manage the material (e.g. ideally a slide
> repository that contains “modules” that can be easily reused and combined)
>
> Out of scope (for now at least)
> * Something like what the CNCF has with their “Kubernetes Training
> Program”[1] with certified training partners
> * Project documentation
>
> I wasn’t sure whether to start this discussion in members@ and/or here or
> somewhere else entirely. But as we believe it should be a “project” I think
> this is the best place for it. I’m happy to cross-post if you think it
> worthwhile.
>
> I'm looking forward to any and all feedback you might have on this. I would
> be happy to draw up a formal Incubator Proposal once we agree on a result
> and shape.
>
> Anticipated FAQs:
>
> Q: Shouldn’t each project take care of its own training?
> A: Yes and no. Ideally a project should be well documented but developing
> material for professional “training” is quite different from writing
> documentation in my experience. I think it's better to have a single
> central project doing this than having this as part of every project
> itself. One reason being that it makes sense to have cross-project
> trainings (e.g. no one is interested in an “Apache Hadoop” training. They
> all want to learn about the ecosystem).
>
> Q: Isn't the ASF all about code, now you want to do PPT!
> A: We’ve had committers for documentation for a long time and I’d actually
> like to see much more of that in the future. I think it’s not about the
> code but about merit. We have a lot of Apache Way presentations now (which
> could be part of this project) that go into depth on this one.
>
> Q: We have the Community project[2], should this not be part of that
> project?
> A: I honestly don’t know. There is definitely some overlap or alignment but
> from all I’ve seen and read I think these could very well be two distinct
> projects but “we” could follow a very similar structure and probably reuse
> some content and tools.
>
> Q: I don't like PPT/keynote/Apache OpenOffice/HTML slides/... everyone
> should do PechaKucha at all times.
> A: We are not set on any format for the content, finding a suitable format
> will be part of this project’s mission. To me this is a technical
> discussion like it happens a hundred times a day on the Apache Jira and
> Mailing Lists. There will be disagreement and some people will be
> disappointed by some of the choices made but that’s no different than any
> other project.
>
> Q: How can I integrate slides from this project to match my corporate
> design? I'm not allowed to not use CD.
> A: Another technical question (plus probably one that involves legal@) to
> which I do not yet have an answer.
>
> Thank you Bernd Fondermann, Sönke Liebau and Tim Robertson for the review
> of this mail.
>
> Cheers,
> Lars
>
> [0] <https://www.opencore.com/>
> [1] <https://www.cncf.io/certification/training/>
> [2] <https://community.apache.org/>
>

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