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Magento Imagine – My Perspective

Here, JH CTO, John Knowles, writes on Magento Imagine 2018 and tells us of some of the many highlights

Before heading off to Vegas this year, I thought Imagine 2017 couldn’t be topped. How wrong I was! Imagine 2018 was even bigger, and executed with huge amounts of precision and passion. It was clear to see how far Magento has matured as a company in the past year. From the level of content, the caliber of speakers, and how much they’ve listened to their customers and the community to take the event to a whole new level.

My highlights were many, and surprisingly not all Development-focussed, here are just a few.

Mental Health

Mental health is a something we talk and care a lot about at JH. For Magento Imagine, Rebecca rallied the community to help raise over $10,000 USD in support of Open Sourcing Mental Illness (OSMI – https://twitter.com/osmihelp), sporting teal and orange hair for the duration of the conference. During the conference I took part of the Mental Health discussion within the Developer Exchange session, covering topics form supporting friends and colleagues through to looking after your own mental health, finding ways to separate yourself from work and being aware of signs of burnout.

Diversity

Being involved within the diversity session really opened my eyes to the challenges people face. We covered the topics of Work Life Balance (or as we renamed it to; Work Life Management) and hiring. Both of these are passions of mine. Managing a team of developers from different genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. Not to mention age! We need to work hard as an industry to improve diversity across all levels. Starting with inclusion and education it’s going to be a long journey, but every single one of us is responsible to promote and drive positive change.

Certification

We’ve been working hard with the MagentoU team to help write the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer exam. To meet the rest of the MagentoU team and Certification Advisory Board was a great opportunity, to discuss ideas on the direction of certification, and what can be done to improve the overall certification and training across the entire Magento platform. The release of the Solution Specialist, Magento 2 Certified Associate and Profession Certification and been long awaited in the community, with their release they’re now defining the standard that’s expected to deliver quality Magento 2 implementations and giving merchants confidence in who they engage with to help them grow their business.

 

 

Contribution

Community contribution is a plays a pivotal role in the success of Magento. We’ve helped organise Magento Contribution Days with the Community Engineering Team, getting the word out and showing developers how easy and rewarding it is to contribute back to the platform. Part of my engagement during the conference was joining David Manners, Laura Folco, Alessandro Ronchi and Max Chadwick in a live stream podcast, to discuss positive community contribution and how you can get involved.

 

Magento Imagine has become more community aware in every way, ensuring it has everyone engaged – from Merchants, Solution and Technology Integrators through to freelancers. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of my old friends from previous conferences and all the new people I was lucky enough to meet this year. I write this feeling more engaged than ever, extremely tired but more than anything a little wiser.

I forgot to mention… We just happened to win the “Best Mobile Experience Award” for the 3rd year running, this time with our amazing client Neom Organics. The feeling of pride for such an incredibly talented team that allows us to consistently deliver award winning work makes me proud to be a part of JH.

 

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