[openstack-dev] [tc] [summary] Organizational diversity tag

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Tue Jun 12 09:44:31 UTC 2018


We had a decently-sized thread on how to better track organizational 
diversity, which I think would benefit from a summary.

The issue is that the current method (which uses a formula to apply 
single-vendor and diverse-affiliation tags) is not working so well 
anymore, with lots of low-activity projects quickly flapping between states.

Suggestions included:

- Drop tags, write a regular report instead that can account for the 
subtlety of each situation (ttx). One issue here is that it's obviously 
a lot more work than the current situation.

- Creating a "low-activity" tag that would clearly exempt some teams 
from diversity tagging (mnaser). One issue is that this tag may drive 
contributors away from those teams.

- Drop existing tags, and replace them by voluntary tagging on how 
organizationally-diverse core reviewing is in the team (zaneb). This 
suggestion triggered a sort of side thread on whether this is actually a 
current practice. It appears that vertical, vendor-sensitive teams are 
more likely to adopt such (generally unwritten) rule than horizontal 
teams where hats are much more invisible.

One important thing to remember is that the diversity tags are supposed 
to inform deployers, so that they can make informed choices on which 
component they are comfortable to deploy. So whatever we come up with, 
it needs to be useful information for deployers, not just a badge of 
honor for developers, or a statement of team internal policy.

Thoughts on those suggestions? Other suggestions?

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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