I’d like to suggest promoting @jayasanka to
/dev/3 in recognition of his remarkably dedicated efforts in our DHIS2 integration suite, specifically the DHIS2 Connector module and applying this in our COVID Squad. Since I’m not a dev expert, I’m recommending Jayasanka with @dkayiwa’s expert blessing.
He’s worked really hard as a developer. From the beginning his GSOC blog posts were really clear. His well-written posts are actually what helped me find out about his work, follow what he was doing, and eventually we realized it was a great fit to bring his GSOC work into the COVID squad - and this ended up leading to substantial upgrades to the DHIS2 Connector module.
But he’s gone even more above and beyond. Here are just a few examples:
- Product Planning: He prioritized a backlog of work tasks and led clearly organized sprints leading to efficient upgrade releases of the module.
- Leadership: He recruited, onboarded, and supported new contributors all the way through successfully contributing to the DHIS2 Connector module, and releasing new upgrades together.
- User Communication & Wireframes: He communicated well with implementers on Talk with clear questions and beautiful sketches to try and clarify their real needs in the field.
- Championing the Product: He created an engaging product demo video that briefly but effectively communicates the value of the work for real implementers (this also ended up being our most-viewed OpenMRS video in all of 2020).
- Pushing ahead to understand requirements when things are unclear: All this came from his very hard work figuring out the needs between OpenMRS and DHIS2, finding his way through a GSOC project that didn’t originally have much project description.
By engaging in such a wide range of skills, Jayasanka has shown the qualities of being both a team player and a product team leader.
I hope we will continue to see more of Jayasanka’s thoughtful work around the community!
Shoutout to @dkayiwa, @ibacher and @k.joseph for mentoring the recent COVID squad & DHIS2 Connector work, and especially to @piumal1999 @bawanthathilan and @anjisvj for also joining the COVID squad and already committing an impressively coordinated effort together in a short amount of time!