Warning to OpenStack PMs: If you are not actively involved in this effort then you (and your teams) will be left behind!
The Hidden Influencers (now called “OpenStack Product Working Group”) had a GREAT and PRODUCTIVE session at the OpenStack (full notes):
- Named the group! OpenStack Product Working Group (now, that’s clarity in marketing) [note: I was incorrect saying “Product Managers” earlier].
- Agreed to use the mailing list for communication.
- Committed to a face-to-face mid-cycle meetup (likely in South Bay)
- Output from the meetup will be STRATEGIC DIRECTION doc to board (similar but broader than “Win the Enterprise”)
- Regular meeting schedule – like developers but likely voice interactive instead of IRC. Stefano Maffulli is leading.
PMs starting this group already direct the work for a super majority (>66%) of active contributors.
The primary mission for the group is to collaborate and communicate around development priorities so that we can ensure that project commitments get met.
It was recognized that the project technical leads are already strapped coordinating release and technical objectives. Further, the product managers are already but independently engaged in setting strategic direction, we cannot rely on existing OpenStack technical leadership to have the bandwidth.
This effort will succeed to the extent that we can help the broader community tied in and focus development effort back to dollars for the people paying for those developers. In my book, that’s what product managers are supposed to do. Hopefully, getting this group organized will help surface that discussion.
This is a big challenge considering that these product managers have to balance corporate, shared project and individual developers’ requirements. Overall, I think Allison Randall summarized our objectives best: “we’re herding cats in the same direction.”