[all][tc] Moving PTL role to "Maintainers"

Graham Hayes gr at ham.ie
Tue Mar 3 17:11:03 UTC 2020

On 02/03/2020 21:45, Mohammed Naser wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> We're now in a spot where we have an increasing amount of projects
> that don't end up with a volunteer as PTL, even if the project has
> contributors .. no one wants to hold that responsibility alone for
> many reasons.  With time, the PTL role has become far more overloaded
> with many extra responsibilities than what we define in our charter:
> https://governance.openstack.org/tc/reference/charter.html#project-team-leads
> I think it's time to re-evaluate the project leadership model that we
> have.  I am thinking that perhaps it would make a lot of sense to move
> from a single PTL model to multiple maintainers.  This would leave it
> up to the maintainers to decide how they want to sort the different
> requirements/liaisons/contact persons between them.
> The above is just a very basic idea, I don't intend to diving much
> more in depth for now as I'd like to hear about what the rest of the
> community thinks.
> Thanks,
> Mohammed

Yeah, this is a tough spot.

When we have talked about this in the past, we have theorized the role
could be stripped back to "Project Liaison to the TC". As noted in other
replies, the worry is that there is a lot of work that goes to the PTL
by default currently.

We should look at this work, and if is it not bringing value, just
remove it.

If it is bringing value, how do we ensure that someone does it?

My consistent worry with the removal of the PTL single point
of contact, is that without it, this work will get missed.

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