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Re: PROPOSAL: Release Manager Rotation


On Wednesday 22 July 2009 00:50:38 Tom Haddon wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-07-21 at 19:04 -0400, Francis J. Lacoste wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > Here is another proposal for your comments: rotating the release manager
> > position each cycle.
> >
> >From an admin perspective, this proposal throws up all kinds of red
> flags:
> - What problem are we trying to solve?
> - Release management is something that requires a good understanding of
> all parts of the code and the authority to make calls under pressure if
> issues come up during the release itself
> - The less change we can have to the release process the better from an
> operational perspective
> - Don't really want an engineer to have to learn all this stuff on the
> job as well as have other things to take care of (regular development
> responsibilities)
> - The idea of kiko/flacoste delegating somebody to be RM sounds fine,
> but it should be a 6-12 month stint, with a 1-3 Release overlap with the
> next person to take over the position.
> - Any change of timezones of the releases would need to be approved with
> the SAs

For these reasons and more, I think RMs should only be team leads.