[openstack-dev] [all] Onboarding rooms postmortem, what did you do, what worked, lessons learned

Jay S Bryant jungleboyj at gmail.com
Wed May 24 17:27:44 UTC 2017

Project:  Cinder

Attendees: Approximately 30

I was really pleased by the number of people that attended the Cinder 
session and the fact that they people in the room seemed engaged with 
the presentation and asked good questions showing interest in the 
project.  I think having the on-boardings rooms was beneficial and 
hopefully something that we can continue.

Given the number of people in the room we didn't go around and introduce 
everyone.  I did have the Sean McGinnis introduce himself as PTL and had 
the other Cinder Core members introduce themselves so that the attendees 
could put faces with our names.

 From there we kicked off the presentation [1] which covered the 
following high level topics:

  * Introduction of Cinder's Repos and components
  * Quick overview of Cinder's architecture/organization
  * Pointers to the Upstream Institute education (Might have done a bit
    of a sales pitch for the next session here ;-))
  * Expanded upon the Upstream Institute education to explain how what
    was taught there specifically applied to Cinder
  * Walked through the main Cinder code tree
  * Described how to test changes to Cinder

My presentation was designed to assume that attendees had been through 
Upstream Institute.  I had coverage in the slides in case they had not 
been through the education.  Unfortunately most of the class had not 
been through the education so I did spend a portion of time re-iterating 
those concepts and less time was able to be spent at the end going 
through real world examples of working with changes in Cinder.  I got 
feedback from a few people that having some real hands on coding 
examples would have been helpful.

One way we could possible handle this is to split the on-boarding to a 
introduction section and then a more advanced second session.  The other 
option is that we require people who are attending the on-boarding to 
have been through Upstream Institute.  Something to think about.

I think it was unfortunate that the session wasn't recorded.  We shared 
a lot of good information (between good questions and having a good 
representation of Cinder's Core team in the room) that it would have 
been nice to capture.  Given this I am planning at some point in the 
near future to work with Walt Boring to record a version of the 
presentation that can be uploaded to our Cinder YouTube channel and 
include some coding examples.

In summary, I think the on-boarding rooms were a great addition and the 
Cinder team is pleased with how we used the time.  I think it is 
something we would like to continue to invest time into developing and 



On 5/19/2017 3:43 PM, Lance Bragstad wrote:
> Project: Keystone
> Attendees: 12 - 15
> We conflicted with one of the Baremetal/VM sessions
> I attempted to document most of the session in my recap [0].
> We started out by doing a round-the-room of introductions so that 
> folks could put IRC nicks to faces (we also didn't have a packed room 
> so this went pretty quick). After that we cruised through a summary of 
> keystone, the format of the projects, and the various processes we 
> use. All of this took *maybe* 30 minutes.
> From there we had an open discussion and things evolved organically. 
> We ended up going through:
>   * the differences between the v2.0 and v3 APIs
>   * keystonemiddleware architecture, how it aids services, and how it
>     interacts with keystone
>       o we essentially followed an API call for creating a instance
>         from keystone -> nova -> glance
>   * how authentication scoping works and why it works that way
>   * how federation works and why it's setup the way it is
>   * how federated authentication works (https://goo.gl/NfY3mr)
> All of this was pretty well-received and generated a lot of productive 
> discussion. We also had several seasoned keystone contributors in the 
> room, which helped a lot. Most of the attendees were all curious about 
> similar topics, which was great, but we totally could have split into 
> separate groups given the experience we had in the room (we'll save 
> that in our back pocket for next time).
> [0] https://www.lbragstad.com/blog/openstack-boston-summit-recap
> [1] https://www.slideshare.net/LanceBragstad/keystone-project-onboarding
> On Fri, May 19, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Michał Jastrzębski <inc007 at gmail.com 
> <mailto:inc007 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Kolla:
>     Attendees - full room (20-30?)
>     Notes - Conflict with kolla-k8s demo probably didn't help
>     While we didn't have etherpad, slides, recording (and video dongle
>     that could fit my laptop), we had great session with analog tools
>     (whiteboard and my voice chords). We walked through architecture of
>     each Kolla project, how they relate to each other and so on.
>     Couple things to take out from our onboarding:
>     1. Bring dongles
>     2. We could've used bigger room - people were leaving because we had
>     no chairs left
>     3. Recording would be awesome
>     4. Low tech is not a bad tech
>     All and all, when we started session I didn't know what to expect or
>     what people will expect so we just...rolled with it, and people seemed
>     to be happy with it:) I think onboarding rooms were great idea (kudos
>     to whoever came up with it)! I'll be happy to run it again in Sydney.
>     Cheers,
>     Michal
>     On 19 May 2017 at 08:12, Julien Danjou <julien at danjou.info
>     <mailto:julien at danjou.info>> wrote:
>     > On Fri, May 19 2017, Sean Dague wrote:
>     >
>     >> If you ran a room, please post the project, what you did in the
>     room,
>     >> what you think worked, what you would have done differently. If you
>     >> attended a room you didn't run, please provide feedback about
>     which one
>     >> it was, and what you thought worked / didn't work from the
>     other side of
>     >> the table.
>     >
>     > We shared a room for Telemetry and CloudKitty for 90 minutes.
>     > I was there with Gordon Chung for Telemetry.
>     > Christophe Sauthier was there for CloudKitty.
>     >
>     > We only had 3 people showing up in the session. One wanted to
>     read his
>     > emails in a quiet room, the two others had a couple of question on
>     > Telemetry – though it was not really related to contribution as
>     far as I
>     > can recall.
>     >
>     > I had to leave after 45 minutes because they was an overlap with
>     a talk
>     > I was doing and rescheduling did not seem possible. And
>     everybody left a
>     > few minutes after I left apparently.
>     >
>     > --
>     > Julien Danjou
>     > -- Free Software hacker
>     > -- https://julien.danjou.info
>     >
>     >
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