1/18 Note: I was re-elected! Thanks everyone for your support.
OpenStack Foundation members, I have three requests for you:
- vote (ballots went out by email already and expire on Friday)
- vote for me (details below)
- pick the board you want, not just the candidates.
And, of course, vote according to our code of conduct: “Members should not attempt to manipulate election results. Open debate is welcome, but vote trading, ballot stuffing and other forms of abuse are not acceptable.”
Even if you’re not a voter, you may find my comments useful in understanding OpenStack. Remember, these positions are my own: they do not reflect those of my employer (Dell).
Vote because it’s the strongest voice the community has about OpenStack governance
I’d strongly encourage you to commit code, come to the summit and participate in the lists and chats; however, voting is more. It shows measurable impact. It shows the vitality of the community.
OpenStack is exciting to me because it’s community driven.
I have been a strong and early leader in the community:
- Founder of OpenStack Austin meetup
- Leader for multiple World-Wide OpenStack hack days (and also)
- Co-chair of the Grizzly Summit Operations Track (with Matt Ray)
- And I’ve been serving on the OpenStack Board.
Vote for me because of my OpenStack Operations focus
We’ve worked with early operators and ground-breaking ecosystem partners (plus). We’ve helped many people get OpenStack running for real workloads. Consequently, I am highly accessible and accountable to a large number of users, operators and ecosystem vendors. Few other people in the OpenStack community have my breadth of exposure to real OpenStack deployments. My team and I have been dedicated, active participants in OpenStack long before Dell’s grand OpenStack strategy coalesced.
More importantly, I am committed to open source and open operations. The Apache 2 open source Crowbar project established the baseline (and served as the foundation) for other OpenStack deployment efforts. We don’t just talk about open source, we do open source: our team works in the open (my git account).
Vote for a board because diversity of views is important
OpenStack voting allows you to throw up to 8 votes to a single candidate. While you can put all your eggs into a single basket, I recommend considering a broader slate in voting.
We have an impressive and dedicated list of candidates who will do work for the community. I ask that you consider the board as a team. If you want operators, users, diversity, change, less corporate influence or any flavor of the above then think not just about the individual.
One of my core activities has been to work on addressing community concerns about affinity voting. Gold and Platinum members have little incentive to address this issue. While I’d like to see faster action, it requires changing the by-laws. Any by-law changes need to be made carefully and they also require a vote of the electorate. If you want positive change, you need board members, like me, who are persistent and knowledgeable in board dynamics.
What have I done on the Board? Quite a bit…
It would be easy to get lost in a board of 24 members, but I have not. Armed with my previous board experience, I have been a vocal advocate for the community in board meetings without creating disruption or pulling us off topic.
- Evangelism on Board Interviews, Packetpushers, Zenoss State of Cloud, Meetup Speaking
- Improved visibility on posts & tweets about board activity
- Pushing hard to move the board to more organized process and consensus governance
- Active on crafting evaluation criteria for Gold Membership (only 50% of the slots remain) and election changes.
Why re-elect me? For community & continuity
I am a strong and active board member and I work hard to represent all OpenStack constituents: developers, operators, users and ecosystem vendors.
Working on a board is a long-term exercise. Positions and actions I’ve taken today may take months to come to fruition. I would like the opportunity continue that work and see it through.