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Re: [ide-dev] IDE working group questions

Am 21.10.2013 um 17:54 schrieb Eugene Ostroukhov <eostroukhov@xxxxxxxxxx>:
> My understanding is that non-steering participation does not give any voting rights.

That's not what I intended. Every paying member gets voting points. I'll try to modify the wording to make that more clear. However, you already raised another issue with any voting/funding based system. I'd like to base the working group's operation on meritocracy. Quite a few other working groups work that way and they are successful. Of course, the steering committee will have to make sure to balance requests. Sometimes, there are also technical/architectural requirements that need to be implemented first. That's why the roadmap is not a simple wish list based on votes but also has a prioritization component in it. 

> How will this happen? A lot of time will be spent defining the "wish list", then RFPs will be sent out, prospecting "implementation partners" will submit proposals, voting on proposals will commence, so on? Sounds like years will pass without any output. 

It depends on how this is being run. A working group is in general more focused. The existing working groups produce good results in much shorter time frames. I'm also a fan of keeping things simple. Over time, I expect to gain enough funding in order to actually get a long-term resource funded that can be assigned work items more efficiently than going out and find implementation partners for every new work. However, there is some way to go in order to achieve this.

Anyway, you points made me thinking of some other approach to the working group. Currently, the intention is to involve funding parties into any discussion around the roadmap. Would it be better if a vision and roadmap is built upfront by a group of experienced people? This way, there is way less influence/discussion/participation for the funding members but they actually buy into a roadmap for the next 6-12 month. Thoughts?


Gunnar Wagenknecht

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