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Re: [OpenStack Foundation] Technical Committee: reserved seats for PTLs (or not)


I'm glad someone from the "PTL+5" camp spoke up!

In my mind, the PTL is responsible for moving their individual OpenStack
sub-project forward.  The technical committee is responsible for OpenStack
as a whole, and making sure that the individual projects are advancing
OpenStack in the right direction.

In other words, I see the PTLs' responsibilities as more day-to-day
operations (code reviews, blueprints etc), whereas the Committee should be
concerned with the technical vision and strategy (e.g. what overall
features should be part of the N+2 release and do we need e.g. to add new
projects to get there?)

To use a startup analogy, I see the PTLs as "Director of Engineering" and
the technical committee as "CTO".  Just as different people fill those
roles in a company, I probably wouldn't vote the same way.  Obviously some
people would be good in both roles, but we shouldn't mandate that the two
be linked.  In particular, we shouldn't exclude someone from being a PTL
because they wouldn't be a good "CTO".

There are also other issues with PTL+5 IMHO (e.g incentivizing the
Balkanization of OpenStack), but at core I see the two roles as being very



Justin Santa Barbara
Founder, FathomDB

On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Joe Heck <Joe.Heck@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I much prefer the "PTL+5" model.

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