[openstack-dev] TC Candidacy

Tristan Cacqueray tristan.cacqueray at enovance.com
Thu Apr 23 12:10:45 UTC 2015


On 04/23/2015 12:56 AM, Maish Saidel-Keesing wrote:
> I would like to announce my candidacy for the OpenStack Technical Committee
> Many of you many not know me, because I am not a very active contributor.
> First a bit about myself. I am a Platform Architect working for Cisco in
> Israel and have been involved with OpenStack for the past two years. I
> was and (and still am a very active member of the virtualization
> community [1] and have been for a good number of years.
> I was honored to contribute and participate in the OpenStack
> Architecture Design Guide [2]. I am not new to writing but this was a
> new experience for me. One that I thoroughly enjoyed and would love to
> do again, if presented with the opportunity.
> These are the following reasons I think I can make a difference as part
> of the TC
> #1 Diversity
> The vast majority of the TC members are all long standing and well known
> members of the OpenStack community. Many of them have been
> core-developers, PTL's, reviewers. All of them have one thing in common
> they are developers and people who take pride and joy in contributing
> code to the OpenStack projects.
> I too have contributed code to the OpenStack projects - but not on the
> scale that any of the other candidates have. nowhere near close.
> And I am not ashamed of that fact.
> I am not a developer. Yes, I dabble in code (not as much as I would
> like), but I am deep down in my heart, an Operations guy.  I like to get
> things to work, but not only that they work, but that they are stable,
> robust, and will provide a sound infrastructure (so that I do not get
> paged at 03.00 every night because something fell over and died).
> When all of the members of a committee are from a single 'stream' then
> it is natural to look at things in a certain way. But that is not the
> only way to look at things, there are other perspectives that need to be
> considered and that perspective (in my humble opinion) is missing.
> #2 Focus
> There has been a lengthy discussion over the past few months about what
> OpenStack is and what it is not. What should be part of OpenStack and
> again what should not. I cannot say that I fully agree with all the
> decisions that have been made, although I do fully agree with the
> direction in which OpenStack is going and how the TC has been driving that.
> I feel that the as part of the TC I will help the community focus on
> building a tightly integrated suite of software (there is no way you can
> call OpenStack a product) that will work, and work well [3].
> #3 Acceptance of others
> It is no secret that i think that I have spoken my mind[4], more than
> once on how I find it extremely hard for someone who is not a developer
> to help and make OpenStack better. I have tried to lower that hurdle in
> a number of ways [5] to make it easier for 'non-dev's' to starting
> 'chipping in'. But it seems that I was not successful. Even with regards
> to myself.
> We are all members of the community. But there are several levels. Even
> in this election only ''Individual Members who committed a change to a
> repository under ’any’ of the official OpenStack Project Teams (as
> defined above) over the last two 6-month release cycles are
> automatically considered ATC'' and they are the only ones that can vote.
> There are other ways to contribute.
> People that report bugs contribute.
> People that write blog posts contribute.
> People that evangelize in User groups and speak at conferences, meetings
> etc. - they also contribute.
> It is not all about code.
> Yes it is hard to quantify. Yes it is hard to measure. But that does not
> mean it should not be considered.
> If elected to serve as part of the TC - this is something I would like
> pursue - something that can make the OpenStack community not only a
> developer community - but a community of all those who care about it.
> I would like to leave you with one last thought.
> I thought long and hard about putting up myself as a candidate. I do
> think that I have a fresh perspective to bring to the table, a different
> way of looking at things and a lot of passion that can help OpenStack
> achieve what it set out to do.
> ``Our goal is to produce the ubiquitous Open Source cloud computing
> platform that will meet the needs of public and private cloud providers
> regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable.``
> I would like to wish all the candidates the best of luck.

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