[openstack-dev] TC candidacy

Steven Dake sdake at redhat.com
Fri Oct 4 19:05:07 UTC 2013

I would like to propose my candidacy for the OpenStack Technical Committee.

I originated and led the Heat project with a small team of core 
developers from Red Hat in early 2012.  I am also a core member of the 
Heat team and have contributed to Heat's progress through incubation and 
integration status.  My original vision for the leadership of the Heat 
project was based upon the book "The Starfish and The Spider" [1] in 
which decentralized organizations such as OpenStack harness natural 
consequences of emergent [2] systems.

I have a strong first-hand grasp of organizing small groups into 
producing great results and plan to act as a facilitator to projects 
that are seeking incubation or have become incubated and need a bit 
further help making their way into Integrated status in OpenStack. My 
main objective serving in the Technical Committee is to help drive the 
growth of OpenStack through new project integration and growth.  I am 
also a firm believer in transparency and would strive to help the 
community in general understand the consensus and decisions of the 
Technical Committee.

I have a strong background in this area - having originated the open 
source projects Corosync [3] which serves as the underpinnings of high 
availability in Linux and other platforms as well as Heat which is near 
and dear to all of us working in OpenStack.  Given the success of both 
these projects which require a high degree of transparency and 
decentralized leadership, I believe I am a good match for serving the 
OpenStack community via the Technical Committee.

I would appreciate your vote for growing new OpenStack projects into 
full integrated status and improved TC transparency by serving the 
OpenStack community in the Technical Committee.

Kind Regards,

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starfish_and_the_Spider
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergence
[3] https://github.com/corosync/corosync
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