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RE: [eclipse.org-planning-council] A suggested topic for Planning Council Discussion

Doug,

By the board you mean the Eclipse Board of Directors?

I personally think the board is on very thin ice when it comes to spelling
out functional requirements that represent work items for actual features
to be implemented by projects.  It should be pretty clear to everyone that
coercion is act of desperation to be used as a last resort when all else
fails and that only those who dish out the cash are in a position to have
functional requirements.   Now before someone jumps all over me, let me
point out that I'm well aware that the whole Eclipse ecosystem and all the
projects that exist in it are there at the sole discretion of the board and
that of course there are many rules (import ones!) that projects are not
just expected but in fact required to follow in order to have the privilege
of existing within the board-mandated ecosystem.  But that's not the same
as saying the board can demand that PDE implement
https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=109137 because the community
is sick and tired of waiting for this important functional "requirement".

I'm not really sure how best for anyone to influence the kinds of changes
that we all want to see.  Certainly one approach is to set the best of
examples and entice others to follow it.   Another is to actually step in
and help out directly, but that's just a variation of the first approach.
It's also good to make folks feel included in a larger group, i.e., make
them feel like participating members and thereby ensuring that they have a
vested interest in both setting and meeting the expectations of this larger
group.  I think the Planning Council is the best example we have of this
type of approach.  So we ought to try to build on that.  For example, I
still believe strongly that Mike's earlier concerns about UI guidelines
should not be forgotten.  I don't agree we should try to enforce them, but
I think some peer pressure and a hall of shame for violators will
accomplish the same goal without the police force.


Ed Merks/Toronto/IBM@IBMCA
mailto: merks@xxxxxxxxxx
905-413-3265  (t/l 313)




                                                                           
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Yes. This is the best practical approach.

But the question remains. How does the board get the projects to meet
requirements? The world sees Eclipse as a whole. One bad piece impacts the
perception of the others. The projects are little kingdoms with 99%
autonomy. We need to figure out how to influence into that environment.

Doug Schaefer, QNX Software Systems
Eclipse CDT Project Lead, http://cdtdoug.blogspot.com


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> +1
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> I agree.  Very well said.   We need to focus on what's needed to get out
> the builds and ultimately the release and resort to peer pressure to get
> folks who stray back in line...
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> Well said, and I think this strikes a nice balance between what should be
> done and what can be enforced.
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> Regards,
> John Graham
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> All,
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> As far as I?m concerned, the only reason to kick a project off the train
> is
> if they consistently fail to build and update their site at each
> milestone.
> Simply put, the ejection is because ?Project X keeps holding up the
> release.?  Furthermore, I think it should come to a vote by all of the
> projects on the train to kick a single project off.
>
> Everything else should be a strongly encouraged optional requirement, and
> we should use public humiliation to police those requirements, e.g. ?I
> noticed that Project Y is not optimizing their jars, shame on you.
Please
> fix it.?  Clearly there are technical must do?s that physically put a
> project on the train, and they should be stated as such.
>
> Bottom line, I think we should err on the side of inclusion, and leave it
> up the projects to prove that they can or can?t keep up with the
milestone
> schedule.  If they can?t keep up, then their processes aren?t mature
> enough.
>
> Doug G
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> From: eclipse.org-planning-council-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:eclipse.org-planning-council-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
> Scott Lewis
> Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 5:17 PM
> To: eclipse.org-planning-council
> Subject: Re: [eclipse.org-planning-council] A suggested topic for
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> Hi Bjorn,
>
> Bjorn Freeman-Benson wrote:
> Doug, (and everyone)
> I agree - if there are no people or people hours, there will be no code,
> no
> matter how much the Board wishes for it to happen. One could argue (I
have
> argued) that the Board controls the people hours, so if they want to
> define
> a requirement, they should supply the resources, but somehow that logical
> situation doesn't always come true.
>
> Do you really think it would poison the community if there were a two-
> level
> train?
>
>
> I think it would poison the community to have a two-level train.  I think
> we would quickly see different requirements and EMO treatment (and member
> company support) for the 'corporate-run' projects relative to all the
> other
> projects...those led by smaller companies and/or independents.  Seems to
> me
> this would eventually lead to inequities that many committers would
> consider unacceptable for a merit-and-value-based community.
>
>
>
> A "meet all the requirements" level (the gold medal) and a
"simultaneously
> release" level (the silver medal)? Maybe if the packages and the main
> update site contained the gold seal projects, but that the silver
projects
> were also (if there was time to review the IP) available at the same
time?
>
> It seems to me like this sort of classification would be inherently
> detrimental to 'silver medal' projects and differential to 'gold medal'
> projects.  That is, it may say nothing about their usefulness, and/or
> value
> to be labeled as 'silver', but just the labeling by the membership and
> foundation will lead to end-user biases...with lower adoption, tougher
> distribution, etc., etc.
>
> It does seem to me that if the Board wants to mandate that the projects
> have to do more/other in terms of integration/testing, etc for the
release
> train...and that the EMO should/must police/enforce the new rules...that
> there should be some recognition that this implies some support from the
> membership to do the work involved.  There are many ways that I can think
> of to do this (contributing integration testing resources, allowing
> existing committers to work on related projects, etc., etc).    Unfunded
> mandates don't really work IMHO...either for the committer community or
> for
> the EMO.
>
> Scott
>
>
>
>
>
> - Bjorn
>
> Doug Schaefer wrote:
> As for requirements, other than holding up the IP process I?m not sure
> what
> stick the EMO has to enforce projects meet the requirements. If projects
> don?t have the resources or the mandate from the employers of the
> resources
> to do the work, it doesn?t happen. And if you kick projects off the train
> because of that, that could poison the community. The best stick still is
> influencing and that involves good communication channels open between
the
> requirers and requirees, and, of course, a reasonable set of
requirements.
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