Starting my OpenMRS journey as Community Management Fellow πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Hi everyone,

I am Nikesh Balami, an open data advocate and tech researcher based in Nepal. In my day job, I work for Open Knowledge Nepal, a civic tech organisation working in the field of open data with a focus on developing quality data sources and solutions for civic tech projects.

Super glad, a bit nervous, and very excited to start as OpenMRS Community Management Fellow 2022. Super glad because I landed on the fellowship opportunity while working on the research project and got selected; a bit nervous because I am very new to the community; but very excited because I can’t wait to explore what is in the bag for me.

Joined the fellowship onboarding in May but haven’t been able to start formally due to travel and personal commitment but finally :handshake: marking June as an official start. Many thanks to my mentor @jennifer for helping me with onboarding and guiding me through the process :pray:. Also thanks to @christine for all the support and looking forward to working with you closely.

As the title suggests β€œCommunity Management”, during my fellowship I aim to work closely with the OpenMRS community and dedicate my time for coordination, communication, and collaborations.

I plan to utilize my first month as a getting started month, where I look forward

  • To learn more about the community by reading, listening, and attending meetings to get a better sense of the community.
  • Communicate with fellows to help them with frequent check-ins.
  • Host an open house to bring fellows to share their progress, experiences, and explore synergies.

Many thanks to OpenMRS for this wonderful opportunity.

Nikesh Balami

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Congrats, Happy to see you ,Best of Luck :+1:

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Thank you so much @sharif, excited and looking forward!

A huge welcome to you Nikesh. I have already seen your posts in the Fellowship classrooms and they were helpful for me as well :slight_smile: Welcome :bouquet:

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Thank you so much @grace :grinning:

Catching up: my first month

Reflecting back on the first month of my fellowship; started it with a nervous feeling but ended it with much confidence. Glad that I marked the first month as a β€œgetting started month”.

Looking back first-month engagement :man_technologist:

  • Slowly increasing the engagement with fellows: As I stated to get a better sense of the community, have been slowly increasing the engagement with fellows. Doing it by sending out the frequent reminders of activities at Google Classroom and Slack so that we can keep everyone onboarded. Also, helping them schedule check-ins call to share updates. The plan is to build synergies between fellows and make sure they feel connected.
  • Attending operation and events calls: Have been attending the weekly calls of Operation and Global Events with @jennifer and @christine, which is helping me understand what types of events are coming up. Looking forward to supporting in all possible ways to help with the upcoming hackathons and implementor conference.
  • Planning β€œFellowship All Hands”: To build synergies and bring fellows into the same room, we have finalized the concept of Fellowship All Hands. The date, time, objectives, and agenda have been all set. Working on some final preparation.
  • Brainstorming the update of dev stages: Have started brainstorming a few ideas on how we can update the dev stages with action orientation key descriptions, which will help in the professional development. The work will be continued in next month.
  • OpenMRS personas: Some initial work around the concept of OpenMRS Community Personas shared by @jennifer, but much of the work is yet to be done state. Will be continued in next month.

What’s in the bag for next month? :school_satchel:

  • Continue working with fellow and help them with anything in all the ways possible.
  • Host Fellowship All Hands and bring fellows into the same room.
  • Provide support to update of dev stages.
  • Dive deep into OpenMRS personas.

Looking forward to the exciting July!

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Hi everyone, good to be back with an update reflecting July activities.

Looking back on July engagement :man_technologist:

  • Fellowship all hands: Hosting the fellowship all hands call was one of the highlights of July for me. Was super nervous in the beginning but glad that we pulled that off. Many thanks to @paul, @janflowers, all the fellows, and mentos for joining the all-hands call. Special thanks to @suruchi, @jnsereko and @kdaud for their presentation. The blog is on the way.

  • Preparing for the events: Have been closely working with @jennifer and @christine for the global events. August and September are all heated with a virtual design conference which is scheduled for August 31 - 2 September 2022, and OMR22 which is scheduled for November 28 - December 3, 2022, in Nigeria. I am mostly focused on the virtual design conference closely working with the product team. Started the work by attending the Product meeting, and the current work is the finalize the theme and objectives of the conference. Please feel free the suggest the idea for the conference here, if you have any. Next, I will be working to prepare the conference schedule.

  • Merging the personas and dev stages activities for my capstone project: Starting August mid, I will be working on my capstone project proposal and activities. Currently, I am helping develop the project proposal template for the fellows. For the capstone project, I plan to merge the activities to develop the OpenMRS community personas and dev stages update. Not much confidence in how that will look, but looking forward to working on it. Please share any tips and ideas if you have any regarding the personas.

What’s in the bag for next month? :school_satchel:

  • Fellowship support: Will continue closely with the fellows to provide them with the necessary support of any type. With close coordination and support, we aim to make the fellowship experience better and make sure the fellows achieve their learning goals.
  • Capstone project: In August, I will start working on the capstone project proposal and activities. Through this project, we will map the OpenMRS community and better understand them.
  • Virtual Design Conference: As the date of the virtual design conference has been already finalized. I look forward to closely working with the event and product team in finalizing the objective, schedule, and hosting the conference.
  • OMR22: Will continue attending the weekly OMR22 planning meeting, and look forward to providing any needed support.

Very much excited for August :grinning:

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August has been a busy month with lots of activities around the 2022 UX Design Conference and Quarterly Community Mini-Meeting.

Looking back on August engagement :man_technologist:

  • Fellowship: Started my August month by finalizing and publishing the July All Hands blog post. Please feel free to check out the blog here. Also, got an opportunity to facilitate the β€œFellowship Session” at the UX Design Conference, the idea of the session came at the very last moment, but very glad that we pulled that out. Many thanks to my colleagues @hadijah315, @jnsereko, and @tendayi.mutangadura for presenting their fellowship journey and experiences.

  • Global events: 2022 UX Design Conference and Quarterly Community Mini-Meeting were the highlights. Glad that I got a chance to play a facilitator and supporter role in organizing it. Many thanks to @jennifer and @christine for trusting and encouraging me. Special shout out to @grace, @pauladams, and many others from the Product and Design Squad for helping us shape the conference objectives and agenda. Also, thanks to everyone who joined the conference.

  • Capstone project: In August, I also had a call with my mentor @jennifer to discuss the potential ideas for the capstone project and we thought updating the dev stage work and design conference can be a wonderful project for me to work on. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to start writing the project proposal yet, I will keep that as my priority in September, but have already worked on the design conference which was part of the capstone project.

What’s in the bag for next month? :school_satchel:

  • Global events: The UX Design Conference and Quarterly Community Mini-Meeting is completed, and it has been a great learning journey. In September, I plan to contribute to the post-conference activities like reaching out to all participants with a thank you email and feedback survey and helping with the Project Journey report. I also plan to join the OMR22 planning call regularly.
  • Fellowship: Like the previous month, I will continue closely with the fellows to provide them with the necessary support of any type.
  • Capstone project: Since I have tentative clarity with my capstone project, I will now prioritize writing my project proposal and start restarting the work with the dev stage update.

I have a very long holiday plan for October month when I plan to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Therefore, September is the month with lots of work, very much looking forward to it.

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Awesome, and keep up the good work Nikesh

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Good work Nikesh, it’s so great to have you in the community!

WOW looks amazing - are you planning to hike all 180km?!

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Thank you so much @tendayi.mutangadura :grinning:

Thank you so much @grace, I am very much enjoying the fellowship journey so far.

Regarding the trek, Yes :grinning: that’s to plan, to go crazy.

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