OpenStack is maturing. It’s 5+ years old now. We have cycled through new key project leaders a few times now and created new leaders along the way. The Technical Committee has a history of creating releases on time while expanding the number of projects. We have new sponsors and expanded working groups. We have accomplished much. But still I say: Austin, we have a problem.
I do believe we are at a crossroads. We are expanding what it means to be part of OpenStack, being more inclusive of people, regions, and ideas. Right now the expansion is coming at the cost of the identity of what it means to be OpenStack. We can and must do both expansion of projects while projecting what OpenStack is.
I am running for the OpenStack Board of Directors to help fix this and a few other things.
Defining What Openstack Is: Big tent has opened up OpenStack for everyone and everything. Tagging is being developed, but isn’t ready for prime time. We need to define what is means to be OpenStack. And quickly.
OpenStack Feature Lifecycle: From DefCore to the Product working group, much progress has been made on defining the very stable and the very early features. We need to double down on the in-between. The Cross-Project and Stable Release teams are important starts. We need to have a strategy for the entire lifecycle of features.
Full-throated support of the OpenStack user groups through sponsorship, speakers, and increased administrative tools.
Creating a pipeline of new OpenStack developers through internships, universities, training, and user groups.
If you are a voting member of the OpenStack Foundation, you will be getting an email on 12 January to vote on Individual Directors. I ask for your vote for the OpenStack Board of Directors to help us accomplish these above goals. If you have some other things you want to see get done and/or comments, ping me on twitter, email through the ML firstname.lastname@example.org, IRC, or here on WordPress.