Drupal kung-fu ballet
by Kieran Lal
At Web 2.0 I ran into Christine Herron. Christine is a ballet dancer and venture capitalist. We got to talking about ballet and an upcoming show at her favorite ballet company, Lines Ballet. She recommended that I attend what she termed "Ballet for Geeks," a combination of ballet and shaolin monks martial arts. The Shaolin ballet is sponsored project by the government of China.
The Drupal community has embraced a number of martial art themes to describe its activities. Job advertisements call for Drupal ninja's and the most popular method for learning Drupal is to attend classes in the Drupal Dojo. A dojo "is considered the formal gathering place for students of a martial arts style to conduct training, examinations and other related encounters."
Over the last five months, the community has been accelerating core development through the use of Drupal code sprints, mostly focused on great development improvements like data architecture, testing, and search. Acquia's been active in all of these sprints working closely to organize the data architecture, and testing, and search sprints. We've been active in the University of Minnesota usability sprint and helping to organize the Drupalcon code sprint.
This got me thinking that for the next Drupal sprint we should bring together Drupal's kung-fu masters with a group of elegant artists. But who would they be, and what would be the vision for this next sprint?
It occurred to me that we should considering having an administration design sprint. We've recently had good feedback on usability from Chris and the usability sprint. We are making good improvements to Drupal 7 now, but we've not yet planned for a design sprint to improve Drupal administration. Drupal sprints usually come together over years, and directly take months of planning and coordination. We are getting better at organizing these sprints, executing them, and funding them.
If we were to do some Kung-fu ballet for Drupal, what would be your vision, and who would the performers be?
If you are interested in discussing this further, please join us on the design outreach call Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 2PM Pacific Time.