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

Tim Bell Tim.Bell at cern.ch
Tue Feb 27 21:29:50 UTC 2018

I’d also like to pass along my thanks to the current and past members of the Product Working Group.

Seeing the adoption of many of the activities by the OpenStack teams has demonstrated the usefulness of the initial focus and the benefits that have come out of it.


From: Shamail Tahir <itzshamail at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at 17:16
To: user-committee <user-committee at lists.openstack.org>, "openstack-sigs at lists.openstack.org" <openstack-sigs at lists.openstack.org>
Subject: [User-committee] [product][meta] Disbanding the Product Working Group

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 proposals

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 interested!)
·         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 experience.

Link to PWG Board presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17Z5vCfZDO3GO2DP4ckIqokSpVfLY1NQAo5dsuzxj-7A

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