I second this request. At least one person i talked to, pointed this
as a primary reason for not standing for the TC election.


On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 2:52 PM, Matt Riedemann <> wrote:
> On 4/10/2017 1:18 PM, Chris Dent wrote:
>> On Mon, 10 Apr 2017, Thierry Carrez wrote:
>>> So my question is the following: if elected, how much time do you think
>>> you'll be able to dedicate to Technical Committee affairs (reviewing
>>> proposed changes and pushing your own) ?
>> I've been regularly reviewing changes in the governance repo and
>> attending the weekly TC meeting for well over a year now. Increasing
>> that commitment to include shepherding new initiatives, either ones
>> I start myself or work on in concert with others, is why I'm running
>> for the TC and I wouldn't be doing so if I didn't think I had the
>> time and energy to support that.
>> Making a specific prediction on how much time that will take is
>> challenging; some weeks will take more time than others. I intend to
>> do what's needed to do the job well.
>>> If there was ONE thing, one
>>> initiative, one change you will actively push in the six months between
>>> this election round and the next, what would it be ?
>> Just ONE initiative is difficult because from my perspective what
>> matters is that whatever initiatives happen to be in progress, they
>> are transparent, inclusive and actually make some kind of
>> difference. But since ONE is the request:
>> My hallmark complaint with the TC since I was first aware of it has
>> been that, often, resolutions or plans can emerge from the TC so
>> late in their development that engaging them in a way that allows
>> consideration of completely different options is hard. Hard for a
>> variety of reasons; one is that it can feel a bit rude to criticize
>> a complete seeming idea that someone clearly put a lot of effort
>> into. This means discussion proceeds as an evaluation of the
>> proposal rather than as analysis of the root causes of the problems
>> to be solved or the full consequences of the goals being described.
>> This situation has improved over the years, I think there is at
>> least increased awareness, and some concrete efforts to allow people
>> to be involved, but we can do more to make it easier and lighter.
>> I would prefer that the TC's constituency was more actively made
>> aware of pending work and ongoing debates prior to the creation of
>> resolutions (even if WIP) in gerrit or having big sessions at the
>> Forum.  One way to do this would be to follow the growing trend of
>> weekly newsletters and updates and do one for the TC. I recall this
>> was tried (in the form of blog posts, and to some extent in response
>> to my prompting) a while back, but didn't really take off. I
>> wonder if that format was too heavyweight?
>> I'm proud of having played a part in the newsletter trend and I
>> think the results for the API-WG and the placement project have been
>> very positive. Doing something similar for the TC -- in a
>> lightweight, just-the-highlights kind of way -- is something I could
>> do (I hope with the occasional help of the rest of the TC) and is
>> something I think would be useful. With luck the newsletter would
>> operate as a catalyst around which casual discussion and idea
>> sharing would accrete.
>> What I hope would happen as a result is that people would feel more
>> aware of and able to participate in the discussion and processes
>> working to shape the future of OpenStack.
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> Thanks Chris. This reminded me of something I wanted to ask about, to all TC
> members, or those running for a seat.
> Lots of projects have alternating meeting times to accommodate contributors
> in different time zones, especially Europe and Asia.
> The weekly TC meeting, however, does not.
> I have to assume this has come up before and if so, why hasn't the TC
> adopted an alternating meeting schedule?
> For example, it's 4am in Beijing when the TC meeting happens. It's already
> hard to get people from Asia into leadership roles within projects and
> especially across the community, in large part because of the timezone
> barrier.
> How will the TC grow a diverse membership if it's not even held, at least
> every other week, in a timezone where the other half of the world can
> attend?
> --
> Thanks,
> Matt
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