As just discussed in the weekly Neos Team Hangout, I’d like to propose a new, additional sprint format. In-person meetings, like the one we are going to have in Frankfurt end of this month, are great for socializing, usually quite productive and, in my opinion, can’t be replaced completely by virtual meetings. However, especially without additional funds, it is difficult for people to attend a one-week event and pay for travel and lodging themselves.
In the line of our effort to lower barriers for new contributors, we should also less rely on in-person meetings or conferences and make virtual participation possible.
So, I propose that we start looking into virtual sprints. These would be announced ahead of time, but could also be more spontaneous than in-person meetings. The catch is that you must dedicate your full time to that sprint if you choose to participate – for example two full days for a two-day virtual sprint. You must keep any distraction your co-workers or clients to a minimum so you can truly focus on the sprint’s goal together with the other volunteers.
In-person meetings should still happen, for example twice a year. We need them to socialize, to get to know new contributors and to have a great time together while working on a bigger effort. We should pay attention to organizing a great location for these in-person meetings (like the castle in Denmark), as we can draw from these experiences for quite some time.
We might also introduce a third, hybrid kind of sprint, which would be only a couple of people meeting for a shorter time (2-3 days) for a specific topic. But well, let’s see.
What do you think? Comments, ideas?