Maybe you didn’t realize that <link https: twitter.com mattlefaux _blank>Mathias Schreiber from <link http: www.wmdb.de _blank>WMDB started working fulltime as product owner of TYPO3 CMS on October 1, 2014. As he told me last week in Frankfurt, this is not temporary and is meant to be at least a 24-month commitment.
From different perspectives this is a remarkable event.
It is the first time ever that one of our products gets a full time Product Owner who is driving development by doing item prioritization, clarification and communication. At the same time he, together with the team, is developing a vision for the product. This will speed up the overall progress of TYPO3 CMS tremendously. We already can see the effect in the product. On the other hand, it is remarkable, because WMDB is fully funding the work and there is, so far, no financing from the T3A.
Furthermore, and this is remarkable as well, the initiative to go fulltime came from Mathias and WMDB itself. He felt that something needed to be done. Frankly, this is not special as the majority of all agency people realizes something needs to be done (and vigorously tell me or Olivier as this was big news...). It's very rare indeed that people rise above that level and start to actually DO something and stick to it. Like Mathias and WMDB are doing. I can only wish that many more would follow his example - there are so many things we have to do.
So, I am sending out a big THANK YOU to Mathias and WMDB. In the name of the TYPO3 Association, but from me personally as well. You are helping the entire community to get a handle on moving TYPO3 forward and for me you are a role model on how to achieve this. A role model who hopefully finds a lot of followers.