Posts by A. Toutenthop

Just some thoughts…

I was intrigued because I received a notification about this P2 thing right at the time I’m looking for some way to improve our volunteer onboarding/training/collaboration processes. I doubt P2 is going to be the answer for that but it may have some other uses.

Right now we have our volunteers fill out a volunteer application, train and certify them and then let them loose on various tasks. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how I might incorporate P2. I’ve got to point the volunteers essentially at wordpress to have them create an account? We assign volunteers to teams which have names and they do a bit of competition sometimes. I could create several P2’s – one for each team, but I wonder if that makes any sense. They can have access to more than one P2 obviously, but does this then just create redundancy? Does one create a ‘central’ P2 for all of the teams and they break out into their team P2’s? Is there a way to create an umbrella? What I notice is that the “Create a new P2” link is constantly there even after one has created a P2. Does that mean that creating a lot of P2’s is encouraged?

In reading about it I found this: “Automattic has been iterating on the concept and using it widely with its 1,300 employees across 912 internal P2 sites.”

It would seem the answer is yes 🙂 My question is, regarding documents and certain artifacts that might have group-wide importance, How does Automattic deal with such things? Engineering team 4 is working on a spec, there must be some sort of vertical publishing mechanism or process to push it up. Work on it in a sub-p2 and then once it’s approved it gets pushed to a larger P2, like “All Engineering” or something?

What does one do to prevent “orphaned” information in a sub-group’s P2? What’s the mechanism you guys use internally to represent P2 relationships? Is there such a concept? Does it not matter?

Sorry if these questions do not satisfy input. I am just trying to wrap my mind around how I might use it. Obviously Automattic believes in this thing.

Hah! Here’s a conundrum – is it even possible to add your company name to the dictionary ? Automattic always highlights as a spelling error. How would it be possible to add it to the dictionary without causing lots of unintended spelling errors? 🙂