If wishes were fishes, OpenStack’s rapid developer and user rise would include graceful process and commercial transitions too. As a Foundation board member, it’s my responsibility to help ensure that we’re building a sustainable ecosystem for the project. That’s a Goldilock’s challenge because adding either too much or too little controls and process will harm the project.
In discussions with the community, that challenge seems to breaks down into three key questions:
- Papa Bear: Do we need a product management function in place of a benevolent dictator?
- Mama Bear: How do we balance enterprise stability and advanced features?
- Baby Bear: Is OpenStack a single product or a “big tent” of integrated components?
After last summit, a few of us started a dialog around Hidden Influencers that helps to frame these questions in an actionable way. Now, it’s time for us to come together and talk in Paris in the hallways and specifically on Monday, November 3rd, in the afternoon (schedule link). From there, we’ll figure out about next steps using these three questions as a baseline.
If you’ve got opinions about these questions, don’t wait for Paris! I’d love to start the discussion here in the comments, on twitter (@zehicle), by phone, with email or via carrier pidgins.