[openstack-dev] [all] A proposal to separate the design summit

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Thu Feb 25 12:39:20 UTC 2016

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 12:40:27PM +0100, Thierry Carrez wrote:
> Qiming Teng wrote:
> >[...]
> >Week 1:
> >   Wednesday-Friday: 3 days Summit.
> >     * Primarily an event for marketing, sales, CTOs, architects,
> >       operators, journalists, ...
> >     * Contributors can decide whether they want to attend this.
> >   Saturday-Sunday:
> >     * Social activities: contributors meet-up, hang outs ...
> >
> >Week 2:
> >   Monday-Wednesday: 3 days Design Summit
> >     * Primarily an event for developers.
> >     * Operators can hold meetups during these days, or join project
> >       design summits.
> >
> >If you need to attend both events, you don't need two trips. Scheduling
> >both events by the end of a release cycle can help gather more
> >meaningful feedbacks, experiences or lessons from previous releases and
> >ensure a better plan for the coming release.
> >
> >If you want to attend just the main Summit or only the Design Summit,
> >you can plan your trip accordingly.
> This was an option we considered. The main objection was that we are pretty
> burnt out and ready to go home when comes Friday on a single-week event, so
> the prospect of doing two consecutive weeks looked a bit like madness
> (especially considering ancillary events like upstream training, the board
> meeting etc. which tend to happen on the weekend before summit already). It
> felt like a good way to reduce our productivity and not make the most of the
> limited common time together. Furthermore it doesn't solve the issue of
> suboptimal timing as described in my original email.

I'd wager a sizeable number of contributors would outright refuse to attend
an event for 2 weeks. 6-7 days away from family is already a long time. As
such, I would certainly never do any event which spanned 2 weeks, even if
both weeks were relevant to my work.

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