Hey there all...
Our Drupalistas Study Group tripled in size this last round (from 5 to 15 !! :) ). We are not a big group, but we ARE having a good time learning Drupal in quick, bite-sized chunks. It has been loads of fun. So much fun, in fact, we are starting another "track" of learning.
In our initial project we studied about building modules, this project involved working with Drupal Commons at the onset, and now we are working through a multi-site task list - Exploration of Multi-sites http://drupalistasgroup.com/project-2-exploration-multi-sites. We are sharing lots of info, strategies, methods and experiences. It's been fun. We will probably go another 3-5 weeks with this project (feel free to join us any time), and then switch to project #3. We are bantering about the idea of building another module on a grander scale. (We are open to suggestions.)
Another type of project was inspired by a conversation on the Facebook page when someone asked about quoting a project. I hear this question all the time - sometimes from myself! Quoting, and scoping, and pricing - oh my! So this will be the focus on this new branch of the study group. We'll go over reviewing specs of a project or RFP, determining what the project actually entails, how to prepare a proposal and bid, setting up the wireframe, etc., and a little bit about PMing once you get the project - how to organize it, track it, manage it, and architect the site. This sort of thing. It's totally in the planning stage for now.
These are big topics for a little group, so I am imagining a good portion of the meetings will be discussion, sharing of methods and tools, thoughts, comparing notes (and war stories! I'm sure!), etc. At this point we are discussing using an actual RFP as the basis of working it out. (Wouldn't it be wild if we got the job! lol) The object is to prepare ourselves for providing a fantastic service and being compensated fairly for that fantastic service, and trying to make sure that we don't over promise and underbid.
As with our other group, we'll be meeting online 1 night a week for an hour. We'll work out a clear scope of our project, assign ourselves tasks (or homework), and then go out through the week and conquer. Then come back and tell everyone about it. At this point, possible days are Tuesday or Wednesday evening at the same time as the current group - 6:30pm PST.
If anyone is interested in learning with us, or sharing your expertise, or just hanging out, we'd love to have you. If you have suggestions for our project or group, please let us know. There are some of you out there who I'll be reaching out to for the picking of the brain.
We look forward to hearing from you!
PS - I am cross posting this to a variety of groups in hopes to reach a diverse group. My apologies if you are receiving multiple copies!