[openstack-dev] [magnum][kolla] Stepping down as a Magnum corereviewer

Ton Ngo ton at us.ibm.com
Mon Oct 26 13:20:10 UTC 2015

Hi Steve,
     It will certainly be a loss to not have your constant presence for
guidance.  Your sensible approach to solving hard problems has many times
given clarity to the solution.  I am sure many in the team takes you as a
role model, so I think from time to time we will likely approach you for

From:	"Steven Dake (stdake)" <stdake at cisco.com>
To:	"OpenStack Development Mailing List (not for usage questions)"
            <openstack-dev at lists.openstack.org>
Date:	10/25/2015 05:22 PM
Subject:	[openstack-dev] [magnum][kolla] Stepping down as a Magnum core

Hey folks,

It is with sadness that I find myself under the situation to have to write
this message.  I have the privilege of being involved in two of the most
successful and growing projects (Magnum, Kolla) in OpenStack.  I chose
getting involved in two major initiatives on purpose, to see if I could do
the job; to see if  I could deliver two major initiatives at the same time.
I also wanted it to be a length of time that was significant – 1+ year.  I
found indeed I was able to deliver both Magnum and Kolla, however, the
impact on my personal life has not been ideal.

The Magnum engineering team is truly a world class example of how an Open
Source project should be constructed and organized.  I hope some young
academic writes a case study on it some day but until then, my gratitude to
the Magnum core reviewer team is warranted by the level of  their sheer

I am officially focusing all of my energy on Kolla going forward.  The
Kolla core team elected me as PTL (or more accurately didn’t elect anyone
else;) and I really want to be effective for them, especially in what I
feel is Kolla’s most critical phase of growth.

I will continue to fight  for engineering resources for Magnum internally
in Cisco.  Some of these have born fruit already including the Heat
resources, the Horizon plugin, and of course the Networking plugin system.
I will also continue to support Magnum from a resources POV where I can do
so (like the fedora image storage for example).  What I won’t be doing is
reviewing Magnum code (serving as a gate), or likely making much technical
contribution to Magnum in the future.  On the plus side I’ve replaced
myself with many many more engineers from Cisco who should be much more
productive combined then I could have been alone ;)

Just to be clear, I am not abandoning Magnum because I dislike the people
or the technology.  I think the people are fantastic! And the technology –
well I helped design the entire architecture!  I am letting Magnum grow up
without me as I have other children that need more direct attention.  I
think this viewpoint shows trust in the core reviewer team, but feel free
to make your own judgements ;)

Finally I want to thank Perry Myers for influencing me to excel at multiple
disciplines at once.  Without Perry as a role model, Magnum may have never
happened (or would certainly be much different then it is today). Being a
solid hybrid engineer has a long ramp up time and is really difficult, but
also very rewarding.  The community has Perry to blame for that ;)

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