David M Williams <david_williams@xxxxxxxxxx>
Please review newly tweaked Mars schedule
I have modified our Mars schedule slightly since our last meeting. At that
meeting it seemed clear we could not "compress" M6 enough to
finish before EclipseCon, so we made M6 a week longer to 7 weeks duration,
so it would not end while EclipseCon was ending. But, that still left the
+0 teams ending when EclipseCon ended, which is less that desirable, since
that would mean their final "stabilization week" would completely
overlap with EclipseCon.
After the meeting, I realized another undesirable feature was still left
over from last year's compression: we allowed only 6 weeks for M5, which
traditionally we allowed 7 weeks for, since it spanned "end of year"
So, to solve both problems, I added a week to M5 (making it 7 weeks long).
Slipped M6 a week to the right so that the +0 day would be a week after
EclipseCon was over (but still 7 weeks in duration), and thus resulting
in there being only 6 weeks for M7.
It seems the best solution to me, given when EclipseCon is scheduled, but
would appreciate members of the planning council proofreading and reviewing
it soon, so at our next meeting any issues will have already been discussed,
adjustments made if needed, and we can call it final.