On Fri, Oct 21, 2005 at 12:49:16PM -0600, Bonnie Corwin wrote:
| The original concept of sponsoring had two tiers: CRT advocates and
| sponsors. Both tiers require some amount of experience working in and
| putting back to the O/N source hierarchy. Both can take a request and
| run with it.
| Now there is a third tier which will allow more people to participate.
| But people in the third tier need to partner with someone in one of the
| other tiers to gain experience.
This sounds similar in concept to the ARCs: full member, intern, licensee.
In all three, the person who "owns" the case is responsible for the
majority of the work-- making sure paperwork is in order, making sure the
proper procedures are followed, etc. It falls on the more senior members
to "cross check" the work of others to ensure the right thing is done.
Translating this into the OpenSolaris realm, it sounds like the tier 3
sponsors would usually handle small bugfixes involving minor change, while
tier 1 or 2 should probably sponsor complex bugfixes or RFEs/projects.
This all makes sense to me, and sounds fine.
My only concern is with regards to the level of commitment. To become
a CRT advocate or sponsor, you are expected to deliver a certain level of
service, and this role becomes an important part of your daily job. We
should ensure that, whatever the process is, that there are sufficient
checks and balances to ensure all sponsors deliver on their commitments.
I'm sure this has been thought about, but I don't see anything in your
proposal that outlines how to deal with it.