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Jan 27 2017

XWiki's FOSDEM participation announcement

We are pleased to announce that, in less than a week, we will be attending, speaking and networking at FOSDEM 2017, in Brussels. 

The event will take place at ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2017. You can find us at zone K, level 2, booth 6 - "Wikis and CMS" - between the booths of Jenkins and OpenNMS. The full schedule and list of stands are now available. The entry, just like any other year, is free and registration is not required.  

On our behalf, Ludovic will tackle the subject of collaboration tools, between open source and closed source, with an in-depth comparison of such tools, in a Lightning Talk on Sunday, between 11:40 and 11:55, room 2215 (Ferrer). 

Also, Ecaterina will disseminate the complex mission of designers in Open Source, specifically the matter of design feedback in these communities. You can enjoy her group talk Sunday, between 12:10 and 12:50, in room AW1.121 and from 16:55 to 17:00 in the Closing remarks for the Open Source Design room. 

Looking forward to meeting you all and answer all the questions you might have about XWiki, CryptPad or our community. Until then, follow us on Twitter (XWiki and CryptPad) where we will keep you up-to-date with our latest developments. 

Dec 22 2016

XWiki Christmas 2016! Jingle All the Way!

Jingle bells, Jingle bells!
Jingle all the way!

It looks like Santa is a guru in using XWiki, otherwise I can’t imagine how he could structure and organize his database so efficiently in order to come and visit all the people from the GOOD LIST

Anyway, the French and Romanian teams were happy to wait for him in their cozy offices, near the Christmas tree. And you know what? The waiting wasn’t long, which means he found on his way only well behaved XWikiers emoticon_grin.

Like the previous merry holidays, this year all the XWikiers enjoyed good time together decorating the office, remembering happy moments from the past while serving the Christmas dinner together aaaand...guess what?! Secret Santa came again with more creativity, inspired gifts and lots of fun!

We thank our dear Santa for spreading a lot of happiness within XWiki and we will be waiting for him next year promising to be better and better!

We cannot end the year without remembering also how the XWiki Christmas 2015 was like!
And if you'd like to become part of the XWiki team and celebrate together the XWiki Christmas, see what place will fit you the best and come talk with us in 2017!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

The XWiki HR & Admin Team

Dec 20 2016

XWiki’s special Christmas theme

“Deck the office with pixels of holly, ‘tis the quarter to be jolly” We’re feeling merry emoticon_wink

Decorations, carols in the hallways, gifts, parties, leave days... December has fully taken over offices and working spaces around the world. Whether you’re full onboard or went full Grinch when the first signs of Christmas decorations hit the supermarkets (in November!), chances are that, by now, the Christmas spirit got you.

The holiday season is upon us, and that begs the question: what more can you as an employer/manager to keep your employees happy and motivated? Just like any other Christmas enthusiasts, we thought of contributing to this movement and have taken this spirit to the next level: a special Christmas theme for your company’s XWiki. This way => XWiki Christmas free demo.

We have joined forces with the design team at the North Pole, drafted versions, then got the elves, the snowmen and the reindeers to provide feedback, did the implementation, asked for Santa’s blessing and agreed that this is the perfect picture of the season.

Since we’ve been praising it so highly, here’s a sneak peek of how the theme looks and feels like:

Gather your team around the XWiki Christmas theme and go through this year’s holidays with a smile on every face, even if at work. We challenge you to show us the best use of our special theme, whether it’s a blog post, internal newsletter or anything you might think of.

Let’s make the most of these Holidays! - XWiki’s little helpers

Alina Luchian
Content Marketing Specialist @XWiki

Nov 02 2016

Halloween 2016 at XWiki

XWiki goblins, ghosts and witches were invited to spook-tacular activities at the XWiki offices for celebrating together the 2016 edition of the Halloween!

A part of the team was locked in two escape rooms. While some joined their efforts in identifing the solutions to the traps made up by the psycho painter in the “New colors room”, others tried to save the nuclear power station from the “ Nuclear control room”. Once again XWiki people proved that they make a good team together and succeed to escape the rooms!

Another part of the team searched enthusiastically the murderer of Mr. Jack through the Mysterium boardgame, carved pumpkins and entered in the HR team's game wearing orange and black at the office!

This is how the XWiki Halloween 2016 looked like!

If you want to recall what happened last year, we invite you to explore our previous blogpost!

XWiki HR & Admin Team

Oct 31 2016

Employee Development - Easier than ever!

Employee Development is still an area that needs more investments from companies to ensure higher ROI and better performances. Supporting the employees in discovering their career paths does not only impact the individual, but also the organisation. Often perceived as a bureaucratic action, the consequences of poor employee training results in lost revenue and inefficient talent acquisition.

Your competitive advantages, from a HR point of view, are strictly related to the type of rough talent you have in your team. You can always use the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator to get a few insights on the psychological preferences of your employees in terms of team roles, but the necessity of polishing that rough talent is absolute mandatory. Nobody can expect a newly employed individual to reach the corporate objectives if he has no idea how to or has no support to do so. Therefore, at XWiki, we are very supportive when it comes to Employee Development.

Here are a couple ideas that we use:

Mentoring

It doesn’t matter what size your company is, the only important thing is your will to provide support to those newly employed individuals. Mentoring or coaching sessions are one of the best ways to know what are the key strengths of a new employee. Furthermore, it’s easier to communicate the expectations and explain the level of quality you are looking for when you interact on a one-on-one basis. You can schedule these sessions using the meeting extension.

The application offers a calendar view helping you to overview the entire week and easily manage the upcoming meetings. If you want to see more details about a particular session, you simply click on it and find every piece of information there is about it. 

This is how we manage the meetings
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On-boarding

We use on-boarding sessions to provide the new employees, the knowledge, the skills and the general feeling perceived as necessary to smoothly integrate. The HR department makes the general introductions, followed by a meeting with the department leader and the other colleagues.

This is the time when a new employee gets a deeper insight on the company's organisation, the way of working, internal rules, practical information, as well as on the expectations we have. We use the calendar view to be able to avoid any conflicts.

We use the calendar view to have an overview of the day, week or even month.
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Technical training

As XWiki is a complex technical software, we need all of our employees to have a basic level of tech understanding. In order to understand the general activities each department performs, the employees are encouraged to participate to different training sessions (either training related to the tools that we use or the ones related to the XWiki solutions).

A detailed view of the meeting application is being use so that we can have a structured, time efficient meeting and check all the details concerning it.

Find out the structure of the meeting or any other details
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Coping with a high amount of data that comes from the employee development process becomes easy with XWiki. The best solution is to drop the conventional ways and use the versatile character of XWiki.

By adding applications from the store or create our own with App within Minutes, we are able to efficiently store candidates’ information, meanwhile analysing the progress of the current employees.  We are glad to be able to take decisions based on solid facts which improves the quality of the work and the overall morale in the organisation.

Since the beginning, XWiki has been designed to satisfy a wide range of needs. The question is how do you use or plan on using XWiki to meet your HR needs?

George Nikolic

Marketing Specialist @ XWiki


CLICK ON THE IMAGE

 We use the calendar view to have an overview of the day, week or even month

CLICK ON THE IMAGE

 We use the calendar view to have an overview of the day, week or even month

This is how we manage the meetings

Click on the image to enlarge

This is how we manage the meetings

Click on the image to enlarge

Jul 27 2016

The XWiki Seminar 2016

All the XWiki team was involved last week in the 8th edition of the company seminar. 

The XWiki Seminar 2016 was built around the Task Force - Commando theme and challenged the team members with several missions to successfully fulfil within a week!

After an active participation at the morning status sessions, demos and hackathons, all the forces were called together for several team missions: creating an unique symbol, identification sign for the team (the XWiki Coat of Arms), getting to know more about the personality, strengths and weaknesses through a test, building and flying paper aircrafts and creating quick, simple and tasty desserts to celebrate the accomplishments and the 12-year existence of the company. ...

Feb 05 2016

My first FOSDEM experience

Last weekend (January 30- January 31) I attended FOSDEM with my XWiki colleagues. As you well know it took place in Brussels (Belgium), no attendance fee or registration was needed. 

It was interesting to meet many Open Source communities which may be different but have the same goal: collaborate and share information.

There were lots of conferences you could choose, starting from less technical ones to highly technical sessions. So you could definitely find a presentation that arouses your curiosity. ...

Fosdem 2016: from behind the stand table

This year was a special year at Fosdem because, although I've been going to Fosdem for about 7 years or so, it was the first year that XWiki managed to be in the stands row, sharing tables in K building with other wiki and CMS projects: DokuWiki and Tiki.org.

So this year I've seen the Fosdem crowd from a different angle than usual, from behind the stands table, showing the XWiki software to people, explaining what it does and how it can help them. ...

Dec 21 2015

XWiki X-Mas 2015

Secret Santa, presents, joy, activities and games, dinner, lots of fun together. It's what the Christmas Mood brings to XWiki!

With an enthusiastic spirit, the XWiki team gathered and celebrated Christmas together! Getting to know better each other, socialising, enjoying a nice meal or just sharing wishes and thoughts, the evenings of 16th and 17th of December were full of building moments together!

We will let the photos talk for themselves, so enjoy the slideshow !

The XWiki Advent Calendar still enlightens and inspires our days until Christmas. Have you opened the box today? emoticon_smile

You can also to take a quick look here and remember what the XWiki team did last year for Christmas! 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

The HR & Admin Team

Oct 30 2015

Halloween 2015 at XWiki

We could not resist celebrating the 2015 XWiki Halloween this year also!

The XWikiers were challenged to enter in their creative Halloweenish mood through either bringing a Halloween item at the office and immortalising the moment with a photo or by choosing a representative Halloween image to be used as their Skype profile. And this is not all! Some XWikiers tried out the Mystery escape room, entering in a challenging race with limited time, lots of adventures, adrenaline, fun and... mystery!

We invite you to enjoy some of the photos of this year's XWiki Halloween and rediscover the ones from our previous years!

Stay tuned! More photos will be added to the XWiki Halloween 2015 album soon!