Happy OpenStack Foundation Launch Day! I’m a little breathless at OpenStack’s sponsored sprint to foundationhood but very proud to be part of the process (you can be too!). Just looking at the numbers it’s clear that we’re building something important.
While it’s important that OpenStack is innovative, stable and useful cloud infrastructure, it’s equally important the project in collaborative developed.
Collaborative development makes it safe for so many diverse commercial interests to participate. The Foundation, with a gold and platinum war chest, is a reflection of the need for the project to remain both openly collaborative and commercially successful for our community. We must ensure a level technology playing field while we work to ensure members of the community can be commercially successful while contributing. This balance is one of our core challenges.
As an OpenStack Community Board Member (OSCBM), I want to hear what you think the OpenStack Foundation should be doing for OpenStack!
It is vital that I get input from the OpenStack community! Unlike 2/3 of the Board, my seat is decided by the community and (re)elected by the community on an annual basis; consequently, it is my responsibility to voice Stackers’ interest, not my employer’s (Dell).
Frankly, the project is still hugely dominated by developers with users/operators only just gaining influence. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to help safe guard its independence. As a board member, my job today is to oversee building up the critical infrastructure (like having a staff) to perform that mission.
Of course, you also need to know my priorities.
- Consensus governance helps ensure minority views get heard while we still act as a unified body. Consensus includes formalized agendas, rules (aka Robert’s rules) , clarifying motions and simple actions to make it easier for the community to follow.
- More community integration in the form of work done in subcomittees that can bring in external voices and integration with technical and user committees.
- Make activities more consistent, visible and accessible. While our actions are open, our practices (and audio bridges) make it difficult for the community to follow along. That includes faster turn around on minutes so that board actions are not subject to twitter extrapolation.
The board is still very young and I’m impressed with what we’ve accomplished so far.