[openstack-dev] Sydne Summit Project Onboarding Retrospective

Kendall Nelson kennelson11 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 27 18:34:17 UTC 2017

Hello Everyone :)

I hope you all had a good summit and a little bit of time to reflect on how
things went. I wanted to collect some information about how things went and
how to improve for Vancouver.


Feedback from last round to keep in mind:


   Minimize conflicts between other Summit talks and the onboarding session
   going on

   Recording the sessions

   Bigger rooms?

   Make sure attendees and project reps are aware of what it covered in the
   upstream training

   Could advertise more

   Don’t overlap or go up until happy hour if possible ;)

   Have different options of durations for projects to sign up for


This round we addressed some of these things:

   - This time I tried to focus a bit more on collecting speakers before
   hand and double checking there weren't conflicts with other presentations
   - Got bigger rooms :)
   - Time slots were tweaked to be smaller but gave extra time to those
   that asked for it.
   - Advertised the project onboarding rooms at Upstream Institute
   (Saturday/Sunday before the summit) and at the WoO Speed Mentoring Session
   (Monday lunchtime).

Things I see as improvements for next time still:

   - Obviously, people still want recordings :)
   - Trying to schedule the onboarding rooms to precede or follow project
   - Advertise more
   - Unify on set of topics for onboarding rooms to cover- i.e code
   structure/ what sub repos exist/ how to run unit tests/ who works on the

I created an etherpad to continue this discussion[1]. Please add to the
list of improvements for next time, as I know there are more than 4 things
to improve on. Also, if you have ideas for how to make these improvements,
please add those to the etherpad as well.

I think onboarding new project members is incredibly important for the
future success of OpenStack. Help me make it better :)


-Kendall Nelson (diablo_rojo)

[1] https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/SYD_Onboarding_Retrospective
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