[User-committee] [product][meta] Disbanding the Product Working Group

Shamail Tahir itzshamail at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 16:15:02 UTC 2018

Hi User Committee and Meta-SIG,

PWG presented a proposal to disband the working group at the OpenStack
Foundation Board meeting yesterday and the board agreed with our assessment
and recommendation. This message is to formally request for the WG to be
wrapped up (since it is under UC governance) and also to share relevant
information with the Meta-SIG team...

We believe that relatively recent changes in the OpenStack community
(within the last year) allow for objectives such as cross project
coordination/collaboration, WG/Project team collaboration, and building
multi-release directional guidance in a distributed manner across our
community. This means that most of the goals of the product working group
charter now have better avenues for delivery than within the group itself.

The three major goals for the Product Working Group were:

   - Creating a community-generated multi-release roadmap
   - Collect feedback and aggregate requirements from our user-base and the
   various 'markets' where OpenStack clouds have been adopted
   - Plan, prioritize, coordinate, and track implementation of development

Each of these goals is being pursued through various structures and
initiatives within the OpenStack community at this point:

   - The PWG roadmap sub-team was spun off from the Product Working Group
   and is being led by Anne Bertucio from the OpenStack Foundation (this team
   is looking for more volunteers, so please let Anne know if you are
   - The forum event allows for both individual teams and SIGs to discuss
   requirements directly with stakeholders and users
   - The advent of SIGs allows for greater collaboration between
   developers, operators, users, and other stakeholders within the same group.
   - Cross-project efforts that require collaboration between teams to
   deliver a capability can be facilitated through the SIG construct and
   things that we would like to see adopted across all projects can be
   addressed via release goals.

The development proposal workflow we created within the PWG, we believe,
could provide SIGs with a useful framework on how ideas can be taken from
concept to implementation in a repeatable manner. If the Meta-SIG is
interested in learning more about the workflow, the core members from the
PWG would be glad to join a meeting to discuss the workflow and help
transition it to the Meta-SIG. Please let us know!

The core members of the Product Working Group would like to thank everyone
who contributed in this working group (including OpenStack Foundation
staff) and helped pave the way for a successful exit! It has been an
amazing journey over the last 3 years and we want to thank the OpenStack
community for working with us along the way and making this a rewarding

Link to PWG Board presentation:

Product Working Group Core Team
(Arkady Kanevsky, Gerald Kunzmann, Rochelle Grober, Shamail Tahir, & Yih
Sun Leong)
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