[openstack-dev] [Heat] PTL candidacy

Clint Byrum clint at fewbar.com
Wed Sep 25 18:50:38 UTC 2013

I would like to formally announce my candidacy for Heat PTL.

It has been my extreme pleasure to work with the fine Heat development
community since this past December. My interest in Heat started with using
it as one of the many cogs in the TripleO deployment machine. However,
I have grown to really appreciate just how much work it takes to ship
a stable orchestration engine.

I see PTL as a communication focal point and an enabling position for
the development community around Heat. As a good friend once describe
a similar position to me, the PTL is "the servant of the servants".
Of course, one duty of that servant is to relieve the others of turmoil
when there is need for a PTL hammer swing. I have clashed at times with
the other Heat developers, but I think that is a sign of a healthy dialog,
and not a sign of trouble at all. We are all expressing our opinions in
a healthy manner, and that should lead to a better code base and more
rational decisions.

In Icehouse, I see Heat becoming more user driven. We have seen several
real users pop up here late in the Havana cycle, and I think we will see
quite a few more over the next cycle. I'd like to address any concerns
they have while deploying Havana, and make Icehouse the most boring,
and thus useful release of Heat ever. Will we ship features? Oh yes of
course we will ship features. We are integrating Heat with all of the
other relevant projects and there will have to be a feature explosion to
accommodate all of that. But primarily, we need to take care of the users,
and ship a stable, useful Orchestration system and supporting tools.

So, I humbly prostrate myself upon the Heat developers and ask that you
consider me for such a position.

Some facts for those who are data driven:

* http://russellbryant.net/openstack-stats/heat-reviewers-90.txt shows
  me as 4th in review volumeover the last 90 days.
* The same link also shows that if you sort by ascending +/-% of core
  devs, I am by far the meanest core reviewer. More time spent in release
  meetings as PTL probably means you will have to deal with less of my
  incessant nit picking.
* https://bugs.launchpad.net/heat/+bugs?search=Search&field.bug_reporter=clint-fewbar
  I have opened 22 bugs that are still open (and many that are closed.) I
  have quite a bit of motivation to aid the Heat development community
  in getting not only my bugs, but as many of the bugs in Heat addressed
  as possible.
* My name is not, in fact, Steve. You may consider this a pro, or a con.

Clint Byrum
Senior Server/Cloud Software Engineer - HP

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