[openstack-dev] Project Navigator Updates - Feedback Request

Zane Bitter zbitter at redhat.com
Fri Mar 24 23:30:08 UTC 2017

On 24/03/17 12:57, Lauren Sell wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> We’ve been talking for some time about updating the project navigator,
> and we have a draft ready to share for community feedback before we
> launch and publicize it. One of the big goals coming out of the joint
> TC/UC/Board meeting a few weeks ago[1] was to help better communicate
> ‘what is openstack?’ and this is one step in that direction.
> A few goals in mind for the redesign:
> - Represent all official, user-facing projects and deployment services
> in the navigator
> - Better categorize the projects by function in a way that makes sense
> to prospective users (this may evolve over time as we work on mapping
> the OpenStack landscape)
> - Help users understand which projects are mature and stable vs emerging
> - Highlight popular project sets and sample configurations based on
> different use cases to help users get started
> For a bit of context, we’re working to give each OpenStack official
> project a stronger platform as we think of OpenStack as a framework of
> composable infrastructure services that can be used individually or
> together as a powerful system. This includes the project mascots (so we
> in effect have logos to promote each component separately), updates to
> the project navigator, and bringing back the “project updates” track at
> the Summit to give each PTL/core team a chance to provide an update on
> their project roadmap (to be recorded and promoted in the project
> navigator among other places!).
> We want your feedback on the project navigator v2 before it launches.
> Please take a look at the current version on the staging site and
> provide feedback on this thread.
> http://devbranch.openstack.org/software/project-navigator/

Some of the groupings seem a little bit strange. It's weird to see Heat 
and Horizon, which are essentially just two different user interfaces to 
OpenStack, in different groups. Also strange to see Senlin in a 
different group to Heat, since they both do autoscaling. I can't imagine 
why Mistral is listed under "Security, Identity and Compliance". There's 
quite a few more that look odd to me as well, mostly as a result of 
stuff that I might have expected to all land together in a catch-all 
like "Application Services" being split into more specific categories, 
like Freezer going under Storage.

Also this trend of not having links, just areas of the screen with 
attached JavaScript to switch to a new page when you click on them, is 
breaking the web. There are 47 things to dig into on this page. I should 
be allowed to open tabs!!!

In list view, everything 'links' (I use the term loosely) to 
(nice 404 page btw :)

When hitting the back button after you navigate away - which you have to 
do, because you can't open in a new tab - the display always reverts to 
tiles view.

- ZB

> Please review the overall concept and the data and description for your
> project specifically. The data is primarily pulled from TC tags[2] and
> Ops tags[3]. You’ll notice some projects have more information available
> than others for various reasons. That’s one reason we decided to
> downplay the maturity metric for now and the data on some pages is
> hidden. If you think your project is missing data, please check out the
> repositories and submit changes or again respond to this thread.
> Also know this will continue to evolve and we are open to feedback. As I
> mentioned, a team that formed at the joint strategy session a few weeks
> ago is tackling how we map OpenStack projects, which may be reflected in
> the categories. And I suspect we’ll continue to build out additional
> tags and better data sources to be incorporated.
> Thanks for your feedback and help.
> Best,
> Lauren
> [1] http://superuser.openstack.org/articles/community-leadership-charts-course-openstack/
> [2] https://governance.openstack.org/tc/reference/tags/
> [3] https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Operations/Tags
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