[openstack-dev] [cross-project] Cross-project Liaisons

Doug Hellmann doug at doughellmann.com
Tue Dec 1 14:29:47 UTC 2015

Excerpts from Mike Perez's message of 2015-11-30 17:30:52 -0800:
> Hello all,
> Currently for cross-project specs, the author of the spec spends the time to
> explain why a certain feature makes sense to be across multiple projects. This
> also includes giving technical solutions for it working with a variety of
> services and making sure everyone is happy.
> Today we have the following problems:
> * Authors of specs can't progress forward with specs because of lack of
>   attention. Eventually getting frustrated and giving up.
> * Some projects could miss a cross-project spec being approved by the TC.
> It has been expressed to me at the previous Cross-Project Communication Tokyo
> summit session that PTLs don't have time for cross-project issues. I agree, as
> being a previous PTL your time is thin. However, I do think someone from each
> project needs to be aware and involved with cross-project initiatives.
> I would like to propose cross-project liaisons which would have the following
> duties:
> * Watching the cross-project spec repo [1].
>   - Comment on specs that involve your project. +1 to carry forward for TC
>     approval.
>     -- If you're not able to provide technical guidance on certain specs for
>        your project, it's up to you to get the right people involved.
>     -- Assuming you get someone else involved, it's up to you to make sure they
>        keep up with communication.
>   - Communicate back to your project's meeting on certain cross-project specs
>     when necessary. This is also good for the previous bullet point of sourcing
>     who would have technical knowledge for certain specs.
> * Attend the cross-project meeting when it's called for [2].
> [1] - https://review.openstack.org/#/q/project:+openstack/openstack-specs+status:+open,n,z
> [2] - https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Meetings/CrossProjectMeeting

I like the idea in general, but have some questions about how you see it
being implemented.

Other liaisons typically have someone they're reporting to/working
with directly. For example Oslo Liaisons and the Oslo PTL, release
liaisons and the release team PTL, etc.  It doesn't seem fair to
ask each spec author to keep up with all of the liaisons, so who
will be in that role for this group of liaisons? With whom are they


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