Feature ideas from the Community help shape Canvas development. All 330,000 of you (!!) have a part in the decisions we make about what to add and update next. The way we’ve solicited and interacted with feature ideas in the Community has evolved over the years. Today, we’re announcing some updates that—we hope—will make the process a little more clear for everybody.
At Khaki 2017, we committed to devoting 100 sprints of engineering capacity to the priorities selected by the group. We’re on track to accomplish that and have already delivered some of the projects. However, now that we’ve had an opportunity to do more detailed analysis, we know some of the projects will require more engineering effort than we originally estimated (based on the limited time and info we had during the 1-day Khaki event) and fall outside the 100 sprint capacity.
Next week we will archive our first batch of ideas since the beginning of 2017. When we relaunched the evolved feature idea process we took a calculated guess that ideas in the top 10th percentile would be retained. We’re actually going to retain the top 17th percentile of ideas that opened for voting in March 2017. Here’s how we came to that number.
In addition to being a fellow textile, ‘“Khaki,” as in “Project Khaki,” is an event in which a diverse group of community members were invited to Instructure headquarters to talk face-to-face with Product and Engineering Teams about allocating 20% of Instructure’s engineering budget to Project Khaki priorities.
A few weeks back I got an email stating that I was invited to a mysterious event called “Khaki 2.0” from Instructure. My immediate gut instinct was “Either this is spam or it was supposed to go to the previous LMS admin before me and I just got it forwarded to my email since their inbox got joined with mine.”
If you recall, last month we announced Changes Coming to Canvas Community Feature Ideas. We have been reviewing your survey responses, meeting with various internal teams and brainstorming. A substantial update to the way the Canvas Community has input in the development of Canvas is well underway.
The Canvas Community (that’s you) has produced a wealth of feature ideas over the last year and a half that have helped our Product team make Canvas even more awesome. We hear you, and we’re acting on what we hear.
In Josh Coates’ Instructurecon 2016 Keynote, you might recall him referencing the Feature Idea forum as a gold mine. In this robust repository of intellectual gold, you’ll find requests ranging from a simple tweak (‘flake’) to huge tasks (‘nuggets’) that would require a lot of work. And, each of these ideas carry a vote count that represents community priority.
The approaching presidential elections are consuming the media, and setting aside political differences, we all pay attention in our own way. Why? Because whether we're pessimists or optimists, we all share a hope that our voices will help bring about positive change. Does our one voice and individual vote really matter?