This week, I'm fortunate enough to be attending Drupal GovGon, which brings together Drupal developers, users, and more in Washington, DC. It's a great chance not only to learn the latest techniques, but also to see how Drupal is being used for everything from government projects to non-profits to entertainment.
Today's keynote was an insightful conversation between Sibyl Edwards and Allyson Kapin on building diversity into both our companies and our projects. In the early stages of designing a new platform, for instance, a team may wish to consider how to mitigate its potential to be used for hate speech, or whether their sign-up forms are forcing people to choose between categories with which not everyone identifies.
After lunch, Mike Potter, the lead maintainer of the popular "Features" module, spoke about the differences in Features between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. With the latter's core support for importing and exporting configuration, Features becomes less critical; however, it remains an invaluable tool for organizing related pieces of configuration and detecting dependencies. Finally, Nick Grace led a session on the power of Google Analytics for setting and tracking business goals on Drupal sites, from tracking page views and conversions to conducting full A/B testing.