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

Herve Beraud hberaud at redhat.com
Tue Mar 3 17:19:27 UTC 2020

Le mar. 3 mars 2020 à 18:13, Graham Hayes <gr at ham.ie> a écrit :

> 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.

I agree the best way to miss something is to spread responsibility between
members, everybody thinks that others are watchful.

Hervé Beraud
Senior Software Engineer
Red Hat - Openstack Oslo
irc: hberaud

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