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Producing a world-leading software product like Joomla requires the contribution of time and attention from a large number of different people. One of the issues we come across repeatedly is how to direct potential contributors to areas of the project where they can have the most rewarding and fun experience by being able to work on stuff that matters to them. The Production Working Groups idea is a scheme to encourage groups of people to come together to work on specific areas that we think require particular attention and work. Each of these teams will be led by one or more community members who will foster collaboration within the group and communicate on a regular basis with the Production Leadership Team (PLT).

If you are interested in helping out with the work of any of the teams listed, then simply contact the relevant coordinator. If you have no idea where you should help or who to contact you can reach out to Chris Davenport,

Community members are free to propose new working groups by following the procedure outlined on this page. The PLT will review the proposal and probably ask further questions. If approved, the new working group will be listed here and you are all set to go. Each group can choose to use whatever resources and communications channels that make sense for them and this page may include links to further information, ongoing communications or other items of relevance to the team.

Working groups will exist until the job they were set up to do has been completed. Which means that some teams, like the Bug Squad, will be permanent, while others will form and disband in the space of a single release cycle.

These working groups must follow our expected values of openness, inclusion and collaboration. They must follow the mission, vision and values of the Joomla project and additionally we would need the working group coordinators to sign the Joomla Contributor Agreement (JCA). Ordinary working group members would not be required to sign, although they are welcome to do so of course. Regular communication between the working group coordinators and the PLT is expected and it would be great if the teams could blog periodically so that the wider community can be kept in touch with progress.

Working Groups

The following is a list of all current production working groups in alphabetical order under their specific type, Permanent Working Groups or Teams and the Current Working Groups.

Permanent Working Groups (Teams)

Bug Squad

For further information see the Bug Squad page and Bug Squad Portal.

CMS Maintainers Working Group

The CMS Maintainers Working Group is responsible for reviewing all patches submitted to the Joomla! CMS, merging patches into the code base, and ensuring that the high standards of Joomla! are maintained at all times.

Documentation Translation Team

The Documentation Translation Team translates the English Documentation into several other languages

Documentation Working Group

The Documentation Working Group is a standing team of people dedicated to improving Joomla's documentation. This includes both user and developer documentation. Our primary focus is this wiki, but we are also responsible for maintaining and other resources.

Framework Working Group

This team is responsible for maintaining the Joomla Framework. For further information see Joomla Framework on GitHub

Joomla Issue Tracker Team

This team is responsible for the development and maintenance of Joomla's Issue Tracking system.

Joomla Security Strike Team

This team is for experienced Joomla users and developers who want to help test and fix reported security issues. If you are interested in helping, please contact Michael Babker. Thanks!

Core Translation Working Group

For further information see Translations Working Group.

  • Coordinators: Ilagnayeru (MIG) Manickam, Marijke Stuivenberg, Stefania Gaianigo
  • PLT Contact: Thomas Hunziker

User Experience Working Group

The User Experience Working Group is a standing team focused on the Joomla User Experience. This includes the Joomla administrator user interface, sample templates, sample data and any other related aspects.

  • Coordinator: Cliff Pfeifer
  • PLT Contact:

User Interface Text Working Group

The User Interface Text Working Group is a team focused on the Joomla User Interface Text (core CMS en-GB language strings). The main purposes of this working group, establish official style guidelines for writing en-GB strings, ensure consistency throughout the Joomla CMS and provide translation teams with an easy framework and guidelines to create their own style guides.

  • Coordinator: Brian Teeman
  • PLT Contact: To Be Determined

Unit Tests Working Group

The Unit Tests Working Group is a Production Working Group responsible for seeing that the Unit Tests for Joomla's code projects, primarily the CMS and Framework, are created and maintained.

  • Coordinator: To be determined.
  • PLT Contact: To be determined.

Current Working Groups

Distributions Working Group

  • Coordinator: To Be Determined
  • PLT Contact: Matt Thomas

For further information see

Search Working Group

Now that Finder has been integrated into Joomla 2.5 in the form of Smart Search, the time has come to look forward to Joomla 3.x and how we want search to work in that series.

For further information see Search Working Group

Automated Tests Working Group

  • Coordinators: Puneet Kala and Mark Dexter
  • PLT Contact: Javier Gómez

For further information see Automated Tests Working Group

Translation Tools Working Group

The Translation Tools Working Group is starting point of a new working team that wants to give answer to a specific goal stablished by the Joomla Production Leadership Team in 2013 (see

Goal #5: Improve processes in Translating the Joomla Software and support the enhancement of the Joomla CMS multilingual system.

Specifically to one of its targets

5.2: Halve the dedicated time needed by a Translation Team member to provide a language package for Joomla. In agreement with the Translation Team, dedicate resources on improving processes and tools to automate the creation of translation packages and uploading them to the Joomla Languages Server.

Update Working Group

  • Coordinator: Connie Lippert
  • PLT Contacts: To Be Determined

For further information see Update Working Group

Web Services Working Group

For further information see Web Services Working Group

SQL Optimization Working Group

For further information see SQL Optimisation Working Group

Additional Information

Proposing a new working group

If you would like to propose a new working group to be added to this list, please follow this procedure:

  • choose a title for the working group,
  • write a brief overview of the job that the working group will do,
  • list the success criteria for the working group,
  • list the initial coordinator (or coordinators if more than one), with contact email address(es),
  • send your proposal to Chris Davenport who will ensure that your proposal is considered by the PLT.

See also