Plasma virtual sprint 2020 feedback
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Description

We would like to gather feedback about Virtual sprint from attendees,

Some questions are:

  • Did you like the format? Anything we can improve upon?
  • Did you have any problems with software used? (BigBlueButton and Greenlight)
  • What software and hardware you used to join meeting? (Browser, Camera, and Microphone)
  • Internet connection speed
  • What can be improved in software?
  • Anything that was confusing in software?
  • Was the echo test faster after the first day, did any one still having problems with it?
  • did anyone have any issues viewing when there were higher number of cameras turned on if so what is your bandwidth and CPU/system?
  • If you had attended previous Plasma Mobile Virtual Sprint, any difference you noticed compared to that?
  • Anything else?

[To: Akademy Team, feel free to add more questions if you have any that I missed]

This feedback will be important for Akademy Team to improve upon setup and provide better experience for upcoming Virtual Akademy and future online sprints

bshah created this task.Mon, Jun 15, 7:19 AM
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Our first day was a write-off. The rest worked well.

Having a clear agenda was crucial. In hindsight that could have happened ahead of time. Because it's virtual, people are still in different timezones and still follow their current daily routine, which is perfectly reasonable but it changed the sprint mindset into being something people drop in and out of.

Software was absolutely fine - for video software anyway!

People muting themselves when not talking makes a huge difference.

It was very clear who had decent microphones and who didn't - from our sprint Aleix clearly had super duper professional microphone on his desk and was very easy to hear. Others did not (I don't know if I should name names or if mine was ok)
Fine for a chat, but I can't imagine listening to a 30 minute presentation like that. It would be worth subtly encouraging future participants to splash out.

Did you have any problems with software used? (BigBlueButton and Greenlight)

Sometimes the camera feeds were frozen and I could only unfreeze them by reloading the page

What can be improved in software?

I think it should be possible to see notes and chat at the same time

Was the echo test faster after the first day, also if any one was still having problems with it?

For me it was sometimes faster, sometimes slower without a pattern that I could spot

For most topics we had scheduled one hour. Sometimes the discussion drifted away into discussing very specific technical points which because of the format of the sprint we are probably not able to solve at the specific time. One Example for this was the new contributors discussion where much of the time kdesrc-build and other tooling was discussed. In my opinion the virtual sprint lends itself more to general/high level discussion like the KF6 one or very specific hard problems like the styling issue. I don't know what we could do better there to not waste the short time. Maybe we could have one person moderate the discussion who can steer the discussion back into a more general direction if already some time was spent discussing a specific point which will probably not solved in the one hour allocated to the general topic.

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What software and hardware you used to join meeting? (Browser, Camera, and Microphone)

Firefox, Sony Playstation Eyetoy for mic and video

Internet connection speed

30Mbps broadband

apol added a subscriber: apol.Mon, Jun 15, 2:10 PM

Did you like the format? Anything we can improve upon?

We clearly still need to learn how to do virtual sprints properly. Learning by doing was useful though.
Biggest minus was that there were no newcomers. Also a lot of people that I saw listening but not actively participating. I'm not sure what to make of it.

Did you have any problems with software used? (BigBlueButton and Greenlight)

It sometimes fails for me on chromium. Then I switch to firefox it works.
Feature-wise, it would be useful to be able to share screen randomly, Bhushan had superpowers and we needed to beg him for powers. It's not ideal.
Also it would be better if we could choose the meeting's URL somehow.

What software and hardware you used to join meeting? (Browser, Camera, and Microphone)

Firefox, Dell XPS integrated camera (was thinking of using an old phone+droidcam but it was all out of sync). For audio I used Focusrite Solo with a Behringer XM8500 microphone.

Internet connection speed

600 mbps optic fiber according to my ISP.

What can be improved in software?

Suggested a few things above.
Another thing is that we need to explicitly sign in every time we join, doesn't remember us.
Having a list of the last places accessed would be useful to be able to go to meet.kde.org and join instead of having to go to the e-mail and fetch the URL.
We also had the sample BBB presentation shown there consistently. Not a bad thing but a lost opportunity to show useful information instead.

Was the echo test faster after the first day, did any one still having problems with it?

I didn't see a change.

did anyone have any issues viewing when there were higher number of cameras turned on if so what is your bandwidth and CPU/system?

I think I saw people disappearing eventually and I didn't know if it was a connection problem.
Firefox was running on very high load most of the time and rendered my system quite uncomfortable. Not a big deal though, helped stay focused.

Anything else?

Would be good to make sure people at least use headphones and even better if they can have an okay microphone.

I'm planning to do a blog on the topic sometime.

Did you like the format? Anything we can improve upon?

I did like it!

Did you have any problems with software used? (BigBlueButton and Greenlight)

No

What software and hardware you used to join meeting? (Browser, Camera, and Microphone)

Firefox, built-in camera, headset (and accidentally used my laptop's built-in microphone due to audio issues that had not yet been resolved, leading to people commenting that my children were rioting)

Internet connection speed

100 down 5 up

What can be improved in software?

BBB seemed pretty heavy on the resource usage and made my laptop quite hot. But it worked fine.

Anything that was confusing in software?

Nah.

Was the echo test faster after the first day, did any one still having problems with it?

Worked fine for me on all days

did anyone have any issues viewing when there were higher number of cameras turned on if so what is your bandwidth and CPU/system?

Yes, thit seemed like a very resource-intensive web app. bandwidth: 100/5 system: 10th gen Intel i7 + 16 GB RAM

If you had attended previous Plasma Mobile Virtual Sprint, any difference you noticed compared to that?

N/A

Anything else?

I really liked this format. It was a pale shadow of a real sprint, but better than nothing. However I think the face-to-face time was just so useful for discussing things that are hard to discuss in textual form. I think it might be good if we did short versions of these more often--maybe once a month, in conjunction with a specific agenda. I would really like that.