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[] Summary of April 27th Architecture Council confernce call

Attending: Tim, Boris, Kevin, David, Anurag, Jim des Riviere, Jim Saliba?, John D, John W, Tyler, Bjorn

Thanks for taking the time to call in - I'm pleased with the progress we made and I think we'll have a very productive face-to-face meeting in Portland in a few weeks. Also, I have asked a few of the projects if they would be willing to give those lunch-time short demos we discussed - I hope they will say yes.
One final reminder to make your hotel reservations if you have not already done so.
We decided to concentrate our time in Portland on three topics:

  1. *Overlap, Now and in the Future. *We need to develop a core
     competency in the Architecture Council for identify and resolving
     overlaps between projects. We need to concentrate on the technical
     aspects of the overlap rather than the project organization
     aspects. And we need to develop a process for consulting
     with/reviewing projects on how to detect and resolve overlaps.
        1. This topic has two sub-topics: the first is the Now
           Overlaps. There are a number of potential or actual overlaps
           amongst the projects right now including DTP-WTP and DSDP-CDT.
        2. The second sub-topic is the Future Overlaps. There are a
           number of proposals such as a "Languages group" that would
           involve (or resolve) overlaps. We should have a proactive
           approach to encouraging a good technical resolution to "what
           are the correct architectural units?" and other similar issues.
  2. *Quality and How to Keep It High.* What does it mean to have the
     Eclipse brand attached to a project? What are the quality
     requirements? As the Technical Leaders for Eclipse, the
     Architecture Council members should actively participate in the
     various Reviews. We should create agendas for these Reviews
     including checklists of gating factors for transitioning from one
     project state to the next.
  3. *Project Boundaries and Council Role in Coordination.* How can the
     Architecture Council help the technical progress of Eclipse
     without creating an overly large bureaucracy? We're an open source
     organization, so in some circles that means "no control", but in
     fact we're an organization with a deliberate process whose purpose
     is to create high-quality frameworks. How does the Architecture
     Council help with that?

We "volunteered" for homework on each of these topics - certain Council members agreed to come up with an initial set of talking points for each of these topics. The goal is not to be exhaustive, but rather to come up with a set of conversation starters so that we can make effective use of our limited time in Portland.

  1. Overlap - Anurag and Boris
  2. Quality - John W and Bjorn
  3. Project Boundaries - Tim and David

An agenda will be distributed in advance of the May 17-18 meetings (although probably not much in advance).

*Bjorn Freeman-Benson*
Technical Director, Open Source Process and Infrastructure
Eclipse Foundation <>
voice: 971-327-7323 (PDT, GMT-8 <,188,195>) email: bjorn.freeman-benson@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:bjorn.freeman-benson@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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