[openstack-dev] TC Candidacy

David Lyle dklyle0 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 00:56:31 UTC 2015

I'm announcing my candidacy for the Technical Committee elections.

I have been contributing to OpenStack since Grizzly primarily in Horizon. I
have also had the privilege to serve as Horizon PTL since Icehouse.

Why I'm running:

I believe there should be broader representation on the TC. We are growing
the OpenStack ecosystem. Let's make sure horizontal teams and diverse parts
of the ecosystem are represented more directly. I understand concerns of
scaling were the reason for moving from the TC made up of all PTLs (I
question that assertion), but the sacrifice so far has been diversity. I
feel current TC members are exceptionally capable and take a broad
viewpoint, but there are limits of how well that works. Let's represent
broader swaths of our ecosystem in the technical leadership.

I think growing the OpenStack ecosystem is fantastic. As a developer and
the PTL of a project that tries to span across most of that ecosystem it
also worries me a bit too. I think we need to focus on how the newer and
older parts of our ecosystem work together. How do we manage all the
horizontal needs this introduces without going to the extremes of just
scaling existing horizontal efforts because that won't work. And pushing
all horizontal work on the individual projects is not appropriate because
that yields chaos.

Finally, I believe the TC needs to be more active in guiding overall
direction of OpenStack and problem resolution. I'm not suggesting a
dictatorship of course. But let's set a direction, overall release goals
for OpenStack and help enable and drive them.

I'm really proud to be a part of the OpenStack developer community, but I
think we're facing some real challenges. We need to address some primary
issues or this community will struggle to remain the vibrant, supportive
place it is now.

Thank you,
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