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Amazee Labs: Lead Developer UK Conference 2017, Day 1

Feeds from Drupal.org - Thu, 2017-06-15 10:38
Lead Developer UK Conference 2017, Day 1

On June 8 and 9, I attended the Lead Developer UK conference for the first time. Its unique format allowed us to learn about leading and motivating teams in the tech industry from experts.

Josef Dabernig Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:38 The Lead Developer UK

The Lead Developer conference was my first non-Drupal conference in quite some time and I’m happy to write that I picked the right one. Not only could I learn and verify a lot of thoughts about leadership but it also gave me a new set of role models to be inspired by.

The outstanding single-track program featured blocks of 3 sessions, most of them around 30 minutes with some shorter ones of around 10 minutes and some longer ones up to 50 minutes. Let me share a few of my personal highlights: 

Patrick Kua – The Constant Life of a Tech Lead kicked off the conference by reminding us about the basics of leadership in tech and that we should focus on values and principles rather than tools or implementation details. People are unique, they differ and we need to find the right approach depending on the situation. It is especially important to help your team as much as possible by providing the necessary context to accomplish their goals, which is often forgotten in my experience.

Constant Life of a Tech Lead from Patrick Kua

Katherine Wu – Ask vs. Guess Culture Communication brought back the idea of how differently people “tick”. Are you a more upfront person that prefers a clear communication style with others, or are you more on the side that expects someone to read between the lines and work based on assumptions? I definitely find myself more on the guess culture side and knowing that this is not how everyone works already helps a lot.  

Anjuan Simmons – Leadership Lessons from the Agile Manifesto gave a very personal track record of how he mastered leadership for himself and his teams. Working with a hero analogy, Anjuan mentioned that as tech leads we get called for the adventure, we get mentored with wisdom and are provided gifts to finally approach the boss level and return to improve the ordinary world. A tech lead guides other people on paths they have already taken. How does Anjuan motivate his team? At any cost, he will try to preserve the dignity of each team member and therefore earn their trust to together iterate and improve.

Erika Carlson – Better: Fearless Feedback for Software Teams provided helpful insights for one of the topics I most struggle with: giving good feedback. Aside from the general feedback categories: positive to encourage and constructive to improve, there’s also a category that is often missed not considered. “Passive feedback” means that you don’t give feedback at all and that also mean something to your peers. Giving the right amount of feedback in time is critical to any healthy relationship. I also liked to find out about 360 feedback and the idea of having a dedicated #thanks slack channel to collectively practice appreciation.

Better - Fearless Feedback for Software Teams from Erika Carlson

Nickolas Means – The Original Skunk Works concluded the first day. It was a detailed look at the history of the aircraft manufacturer that showed what incredible achievements they could make based on Kelly’s 14 Rules. Providing a system to innovate and release quickly (continuous integration & deployments) was critical to the success of this team.

The slides for all of the talks are available and I added the links to them above. On top of the inspiring talks, the conference had some more features I really liked too. Meri Williams was hosting the conference in a well-organized and entertaining way and followed up on a code of conduct issue in a constructive way. The conference also had a live captioning feature of all the talks on a screen, which helped me follow the massive flow of audio information and was even entertaining at times.

At #leaddev conference in London today. All talks are live-captioned by @whitecoatcapxg, which is awesome. pic.twitter.com/KVcDdSsypu

— Mehdi El Gueddari (@MehdiElGueddari) June 8, 2017

Next week, let’s follow up with a summary of day 2 and conclusions for The Lead Developer UK conference.

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Product group builder

Latest Drupal Modules - Thu, 2017-06-15 10:28

Placeholder.

Code coming soon.

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Cache compression

Latest Drupal Modules - Thu, 2017-06-15 09:49

This module compresses data that is serialized for the expirable key-value and cache storage, in order to mitigate the problem of database max_packet_size errors.

For now, only zlib compression is supported.

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heykarthikwithu: Drupal - simplytest.me, Evaluate Drupal Projects Online

Feeds from Drupal.org - Thu, 2017-06-15 03:20
Drupal - simplytest.me, Evaluate Drupal Projects Online

How to use simplytest.me, to evaluate drupal projects online?

heykarthikwithu Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 08:50:40 - IST, Asia/Kolkata
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heykarthikwithu: Drupal - simplytest.me, Evaluate Drupal Projects Online

Planet Drupal - Thu, 2017-06-15 03:20
Drupal - simplytest.me, Evaluate Drupal Projects Online

How to use simplytest.me, to evaluate drupal projects online?

heykarthikwithu Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 08:50:40 - IST, Asia/Kolkata

Elevated Third Talk Success for Nonprofit Web Projects Using Drupal

Acquia Blogs - Wed, 2017-06-14 21:28

Elevated Third NonProfit Success
Building a digital presence as a cultural institution is a balancing act. On one hand, the institution's mission and goals must be at the forefront of a digital experience. On the other hand, limited resources, revolving staff and regulations weigh down and pressure these institutions to carefully consider how to craft its online presence.

Cultural nonprofits require an online experience platform that is both cost efficient and low maintenance to support. Also, decisions surrounding technology solutions are often made by various departments, causing integration issues to ensue.

After working with nonprofit and cultural institutions for more than 13 years, our friends at Elevated Third understand the sort of challenges these groups face. They have experience working with nonprofits like the Denver Botanic Gardens, The NFPA, and the Colorado General Assembly.

Specifically, in their work with the Denver Botanic Gardens, the company was able to help develop a responsive Drupal website designed around user experience, conversion and the beauty of the gardens. The website was a success and helped contribute to strong KPIs toward online booking and visits.

With this sort of experience, Elevated Third has some ideas surrounding what to consider during a nonprofit web design project. They suggest that the big problem is that most nonprofit web design projects are considered a one time expense rather than a long term investment and a part of strategic thinking. Jill Farley, UX and content strategist at Elevated Third has outlined 6 points to think about:

  1. Invest in open source: It doesn’t cost anything to license and use. Because Drupal is open source, it is updated and maintained by millions of developers.
  2. Make integration-focused software a priority: Own the technology. Pick vendors by their commitment to playing nice with other tools.
  3. Learn how Drupal works for nonprofits: Drupal is a trusted, scalable content management and system integration platform. Integrations, scalability, and speed to market are all things to be kept in mind while selecting digital tools.
  4. Think in terms of conversions. Measure: Figure out how things are valuable and can be tracked like “conversions”. Assign value to non-monetary outcomes so gain and ROI can be calculated.
  5. Keep your staff happy: Drupal is built to make sense to users of any technical skill level, and the admin interface can be optimized for any type of workflow.
  6. Don’t forget hosting: It is important to have the support of a reputable hosting company.

6 THINGS TO CONSIDER DURING A NONPROFIT WEB DESIGN PROJECT

Read more about how to be successful during a nonprofit web design project and viewing it as an investment.

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Partnership is Paramount: You Can’t Build a Cloud Overnight

Acquia Blogs - Wed, 2017-06-14 20:57

Partners and Acquia Cloud

This is Part 4 of a five-part series for Sitecore’s partners to take another look at success with Acquia and Drupal.

When selecting a technology vendor to partner with, you need to be certain that their products and solutions are the right choice for your customers. This becomes particularly important when looking at cloud companies. Acquia has remained committed to our cloud offering from the very beginning; along with open source as a core pillar of our business. But why should this matter to our partners? I sat down again with David Aponovich, Senior Director of Digital Experiences at Acquia, to discuss the important role Acquia Cloud plays for partners as a valuable product.

When asked what are the three central tenets of Acquia’s cloud, David said “When I think of the value of Acquia Cloud, several things come to mind. I think the fact that Acquia has merged content management with a secure cloud platform makes it so a partner does not have to worry about stability. That’s something we watch over on behalf of our partner and the customer. You don’t have to worry about that on your end.

The second key benefit Acquia’s cloud platform enables is security. The Acquia platform is used by some of the most security-intensive and security-minded organizations -- global enterprises, the largest government entities, and other organizations where security and compliance is paramount to everything they do.

Third is performance for digital experiences. Acquia Cloud is a high-performance platform that scales as needed; whether it’s the number of sites you’re building and managing, the traffic that you’re hit with, or the application load you’re carrying on that platform. Acquia’s cloud scales in a way that other platforms simply cannot. We don’t require purchasing new software licenses for additional sites, or charge for additional seats for more users, or cause customers to spend time requisitioning more infrastructure as they scale. This is all part of the Acquia’s platform promise.”

In today’s market, there is a significant emphasis on the importance of cloud to digital experience delivery and customer success, something Acquia has understood for nearly a decade - we’ve built our business on it. But even with cloud deeply rooted in our DNA, our competitors still claim, “Well, we’re cloud too. We do that so that’s not a big deal,” but the reality is proven execution and a business model aligned with customers’ and partners’ cloud requirements is a big deal. It matters deeply for our partners and our customers. What would you say about that?

There’s a great disparity in this market in terms of what a cloud is, including cloud platform-as- a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS), as well as managed hosting. Acquia has been recognized as more than just a cloud vendor. Over the past nine years we’ve built PaaS and SaaS offerings for content management, multisite management and governance, personalization and digital experience delivery. As part of that, we’ve built an entire business around this cloud-first business model to serve our partners and our mutual customers. Every aspect of Acquia’s DNA is aligned with the cloud: how we run our business, how we go to market, deliver a subscription service, and leverage and optimize open source Drupal at every step.

"Here’s the truth. Our leadership in cloud platforms for WCM and digital experience is years ahead of the work by other vendors in this market. While they spent years selling high-margin, on-premise software, they left “cloud” options to their partners and customers to solve; they’ve painted over their cloud offerings by “cloudwashing,” ignoring that they lack an integrated cloud platform - it’s mostly software stuck on a hosting or a cloud environment others still must be responsible for. Acquia has delivered a robust cloud platform for modern experience creation, delivery, integration with other tools and optimization for thousands of customers and partners; we take care of infrastructure and application uptime. Our integrated cloud model lets us add new capabilities instantly for the benefit of customers and partners. The others? They’re trying to catch up, to make cloud offerings out of software and support models built on the expectation of on-premise delivery.

There are vendors who have not made the leap and not made the full investment; they are trying to catch up by partnering with Microsoft Azure, for example. Both Adobe and Sitecore are doing this in an effort to to catch up. At the same time, we have been cloud first for nine years and have a stable cloud platform ready for you to build on today. There’s a lot that goes into building a cloud business; we remain focused on what it means to deliver true cloud platform and its services to our customers.“

With Acquia, partners can be confident that we are there to ensure that each project is a success. We will always be responsive, whether it’s about addressing issues that may come up. Our partners can be sure that the capabilities we’ve built amongst the team are there to support the underlying technology as need demands.

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myDropWizard.com: Efficiently Manage Events on Your Drupal Site in a Way That Even an Intern Can Do!

Planet Drupal - Wed, 2017-06-14 20:51

When you're running your non-profit, there is so much to do: basically an unlimited amount of work, right? Board meetings, fund-raising - and then there's the actual world-changing work you signed-up to do!

Our ongoing series of helpful tips (click here to subscribe via e-mail) continues today with some help on how to efficiently manage one of the most common and important aspects of any non-profit: EVENTS.

In this article, we'll talk about how to setup events in Drupal, and at the end, there's a video tutorial showing the process step-by-step.

Read more to see how!

myDropWizard.com: Efficiently Manage Events on Your Drupal Site in a Way That Even an Intern Can Do!

Feeds from Drupal.org - Wed, 2017-06-14 20:51

When you're running your non-profit, there is so much to do: basically an unlimited amount of work, right? Board meetings, fund-raising - and then there's the actual world-changing work you signed-up to do!

Our ongoing series of helpful tips (click here to subscribe via e-mail) continues today with some help on how to efficiently manage one of the most common and important aspects of any non-profit: EVENTS.

In this article, we'll talk about how to setup events in Drupal, and at the end, there's a video tutorial showing the process step-by-step.

Read more to see how!

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How Media and Entertainment Giants Dominated Digital Transformation

Acquia Blogs - Wed, 2017-06-14 20:03

In 2006, only 22% of the Comscore MediaMetrix Top 50 digital properties were Media & Entertainment companies. By 2014, that number grew to 36%. Today almost 70% of the top 50 digital properties are either large media networks or entertainment services. How did they achieve such growth in just a few years?

At the top of the rankings you have Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo but just behind that are large media networks - in the top twenty - CBS, Time Inc, Turner, USA Today, Conde Nast, and Hearst. These titans beat out some well known digital and commerce players like Yelp, PayPal, and Target.

Media brands were the first movers to the web and mobile - but in world dominated by digital behemoths, how can they maintain and grow their position?

We will dig into the latest statistics from Comscore, App Annie, and NewsWhip to paint an accurate portrait of digital media landscape in 2017 in the upcoming webinar How Media and Entertainment Giants Dominated Digital Transformation and How They'll Maintain Their Position. We'll also examine the techniques some of the top tier Media & Entertainment companies are using and what you can learn from them.

How Media and Entertainment Giants Dominated Digital Transformation

Here are some of the examples and areas we will cover:

Build, Buy Or Partner to grow your brand and audience

For most media companies - the answer recently seems to "buy". Turner Digital bought sports network Bleacher Report in 2012, and in 2016 announced plans to invest another $100m in expanding it. The acquisition has lifted Turner from about 20th place to 11th place in the Comscore rankings over the past two years.

Build is critical too. Time Inc, now 10th largest digital property, is seeing a digital resurgence by creating new digital brands based around audience segments. For instance, they recently launched TheDrive, for automotive fans and Extra Crispy for foodies. However, Time Inc recently bought some of its audience, buy acquiring Viant in 2016 - that's the ad network and audience related to the former MySpace.

We will also explore some of the mistakes made in the build, buy, partner arena; for instance, NewsCorp's acquisition of MySpace, or the $100 million investment a major newspaper made in their digital platform, ironically named Thunderdome.

Syndicate everywhere + measure audience

Modern media brands have learned how to digitally distribute their content to platforms but also measure the reach and engagement using available APIs. Buzzfeed is the prime example, with 60% of its content views coming from Facebook Video and YouTube. With Facebook now accounting for 50 minutes of each internet users days (US) in 2016, "atomizing" your brand's content and making it available there is critical to maintain a relationship with your consumer. But how do you avoid the pitfalls of relying on digital media networks for distribution and audience?

Using digital to create new lines of business

Apple, the world's largest music retailer, takes 30% revenue of all transactions. In addition, streaming revenues while important, have diminished more profitable digital download sales. Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have created new direct to consumer businesses (D2C) where new product offerings allow the companies to keep the bulk of the revenue while maintaining relationships with fans.

Register now for How Media and Entertainment Giants Dominated Digital Transformation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 60 min
Speakers: Chuck Fishman - Director of Industry Development + Marketing, Acquia

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Jacob Rockowitz: Coming to an agreement within the Drupal community and sponsoring a Webform feature

Planet Drupal - Wed, 2017-06-14 18:19

Hi, my name is Jacob Rockowitz and I'm the individual responsible for maintaining the Webform module for Drupal 8. Two weeks ago, I posted Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? documenting my journey and experience building and maintaining the the Webform module for Drupal 8. My goal was to document the current state of the Webform module, while simultaneously planning for the project’s future growth and sustainability. One of the steps toward accomplishing this is an idea I put together called "Sponsor a Feature".

"Sponsor a Feature" is a process encouraging organizations to hire Open-source software maintainers and contributors to build features and fix issues that directly impact a company's project. Two key concepts behind "Sponsor a Feature": all work would be open source and the sponsoring organization would pay for tangible and immediate results directly to the working individuals.

I feel that selling "Sponsor a Feature" to the Drupal community is going to be an uphill climb, especially because no one can technically sell Drupal. In other words, no one is used to paying directly for open source work. For now, I am going to tread lightly when talking about "Sponsor a Feature". For example, last week, I wrote about how Crowdfunding does not help grow Drupal's community to explore the different ways people are currently funding open source development. On Twitter, Adam Bergstein‏ (@n3rdstein) and I began a conversation about how an organization might pay a project maintain/developer.
(https://twitter.com/n3rdstein/status/872856666114580482).

Putting together an agreement that pays a developer to deliver...Read More

Jacob Rockowitz: Coming to an agreement within the Drupal community and sponsoring a Webform feature

Feeds from Drupal.org - Wed, 2017-06-14 18:19

Hi, my name is Jacob Rockowitz and I'm the individual responsible for maintaining the Webform module for Drupal 8. Two weeks ago, I posted Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? documenting my journey and experience building and maintaining the the Webform module for Drupal 8. My goal was to document the current state of the Webform module, while simultaneously planning for the project’s future growth and sustainability. One of the steps toward accomplishing this is an idea I put together called "Sponsor a Feature".

"Sponsor a Feature" is a process encouraging organizations to hire Open-source software maintainers and contributors to build features and fix issues that directly impact a company's project. Two key concepts behind "Sponsor a Feature": all work would be open source and the sponsoring organization would pay for tangible and immediate results directly to the working individuals.

I feel that selling "Sponsor a Feature" to the Drupal community is going to be an uphill climb, especially because no one can technically sell Drupal. In other words, no one is used to paying directly for open source work. For now, I am going to tread lightly when talking about "Sponsor a Feature". For example, last week, I wrote about how Crowdfunding does not help grow Drupal's community to explore the different ways people are currently funding open source development. On Twitter, Adam Bergstein‏ (@n3rdstein) and I began a conversation about how an organization might pay a project maintain/developer.
(https://twitter.com/n3rdstein/status/872856666114580482).

Putting together an agreement that pays a developer to deliver...Read More

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Paragraphs fields

Latest Drupal Modules - Wed, 2017-06-14 18:16

Feature fields under active development

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Web Wash: Automatically Generate URL Aliases using Pathauto in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - Wed, 2017-06-14 18:00
Pathauto is a module which lets you automate the generation of URL aliases in Drupal. Instead of the URL being "/node/123", you can have "/blog/article/why-use-drupal". The module allows you to define custom patterns which are generated when an entity is created. URL aliases or URL slugs, help with search engine optimization and they're more user-friendly. Drupal core has supported URL aliases for a long time, but they weren't automatically generated. Pathauto helps with automating the process. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create aliases and patterns, and how to bulk generate paths.

Web Wash: Automatically Generate URL Aliases using Pathauto in Drupal 8

Feeds from Drupal.org - Wed, 2017-06-14 18:00
Pathauto is a module which lets you automate the generation of URL aliases in Drupal. Instead of the URL being "/node/123", you can have "/blog/article/why-use-drupal". The module allows you to define custom patterns which are generated when an entity is created. URL aliases or URL slugs, help with search engine optimization and they're more user-friendly. Drupal core has supported URL aliases for a long time, but they weren't automatically generated. Pathauto helps with automating the process. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create aliases and patterns, and how to bulk generate paths.
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Simple Podcast

Latest Drupal Modules - Wed, 2017-06-14 17:11
Simple Podcast

Simple Podcast is just that - a simple module for quickly setting up one or more podcasts within your Drupal site, and immediately having an iTunes compatible xml podcast feed, no coding or extensive configuration required.

Alternatives to this Module

While we think this module is the simplest solution, there are other ways to achieve the same end goal:

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Elevated Third: What is Elevated Third, Denver Website Agency

Planet Drupal - Wed, 2017-06-14 17:07
What is Elevated Third, Denver Website Agency What is Elevated Third? Tony Dryer Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:07 Elevated Third sign in our entrance

Elevated Third’s namesake is rooted in company culture. It comes from the art world and refers to the experience one has when looking at a particularly moving or captivating piece of art. When you have a “get it” moment—that flash of understanding—an elevated third experience is created between the medium and you, the viewer.

At Elevated Third, a Denver website agency focusing on Drupal, we strive to replicate this experience for our clients, our partners, and our employees.

Our Culture 

Our culture and work ethic is based on an idea that the right environment can foster incredible talent. We don’t exclusively hire people who fit a job description, instead we hire people who are smart enough to grow into their own description. We choose employees based on their aptitude to overachieve. Then, we observe. We figure out what said employee is particularly good at and we create a job description around their strengths.

This practice is easier said than done. It requires a scaffolding of actionable core values and exceptional hires who allow their peers to be vulnerable. Because, of course, learning means making mistakes.

Ultimately, it is an environment of support, vulnerability, and observation that allows us to foster talent instead of hire it based on a list of requirements and a resume. The results: employees who feel important, who produce great work, and who are happy to work hard.

On top of all the standard agency perks like snacks and foosball, our new core values are essential to establishing and maintaining our internal culture here at Elevated Third. They are the guidelines for personal success. Following them is the best way to be successful at our Denver website agency. When our employees are successful, the company will prosper. Establishing the core values in late 2016 has had a direct impact on the business success we have seen thus far in 2017.

 

Denver website agency core values  Core Values

When we first got together to determine our core values, we knew it was not going to be a simple process. We had to get it right, and we had to take the time to carefully craft each value.  

We started by listing attributes that we believe make our employees successful. Things like accountability, effectiveness, work ethic, engagement, curiosity, positive energy, empathy, confidence, and thoughtfulness to name just a small sampling. For the next few months, we boiled down our list and crafted them into similar groupings. From these groups, the five values that we have now started to make themselves clear. It was a long, sometimes tedious, yet fulfilling experience.

The Elevated Third Core Values:

  • Start with empathy. Respect and honesty come first. Care about our clients, our users and each other.
  • Lean in and keep moving. Stay engaged, positive and persistent. Bring energy and never quit.
  • Make an impact. Seek out and solve the right problems. Be fearless! Fight for the win-win.
  • Be a remarkable player. Put the team first. Step up when it’s time, inspire by example.
  • Own the outcome. Take responsibility for results. Embrace data celebrate effectiveness and face failures. Never stop improving.

The core values we have put in place guide all the decisions we make within our Denver website agency. They help inform everything from questions in an interview process, project decision making, peer to peer feedback, internal growth strategy, and long-term client relationships. Every single aspect of the business can be applied to the five core values. Since implementing them we are seen our decision-making process become much more focused, both short term and especially long term.

 

Elevated Third core values

 

We’ve made an initiative out of preventing the typical cliched core value design. Figuring out creative ways to implement them into our everyday process has become a necessary challenge. We specifically seek out the traits that the values exemplify in our hiring process. In addition, all new hires see the exact debut presentation our company founders shared during the core values unveiling meeting.

Our core values are meant to stand against the core value bandwagoners, they run through our day-to-day, our hiring, and our attitudes.

Each and every day, we’re seeking the elevated third experience.

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