drupalcon 2009 paris – my reflections

After Washington, this was my second drupalcon I participated.

I attended several sessions, most of them had been interesting and confirmed me in my way of working, one was really boring because of the way how it was presented (I guess the presenter bored himself) and two inspired me to write a submission for the next Drupal event in Vienna.

First, the keynote from Dries. I like his view on the development/release circle. The most important point for me he mentioned was, that drupal has nearly all functions included which are needed for modern web business and community development (which I do fully agree on from my end users point of view). Now, the community should take it and place that wonderful product/framework on the big world market.

For me, that includes also a change of the roles, a change of the self-understanding of developers and designers towards consultants to “client’s business developers and consultants”. and thus, a change inside the community.

There are ongoing discussions in the community about developers and designers role, about the further development of drupal and of course, about the everlasting question

is it ethical to develop something based on the community work and sell it as a product and make money out of it?

Where is our community going to?

Chris Heuer has taken up that atmosphere in his keynote (slides) on the third day in a very populists way. Even though I do not agree in the way he presented it, he got to the heart with these two points:

  1. The community should finish its adolescence and turn into adulthood.
  2. Drupal code lives on contribution.

For sure, it is essential to discuss these two points and find a new self-understanding inside the community, otherwise, I assume, Drupal will stuck in its development.

This brings me back to my professional background. With my “transactional analysis eye” By using Eric Berne’s model “classification of organizations and groups”, I would like to look at the structure of the community and present in detail the public and hidden structure of the drupal community, the dynamic, the appearance of her activies and authorities. Of course, I do not have all answers, but I learned to value this model in several analysis of groups as a good helping tool for their further development.

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