Bringing “OpenStack Futures” to the OpenStack Foundation Board in 2017

The Board will be asking hard questions in 2017 about the direction and charter of the project and I’m uniquely positioned to help find answers to those questions due to my extensive involvement with different initiatives in the community. I also have experience with creating open source strategy at organizations, a good network with other open source communities and help with product strategy at IBM. As co-chair of the OpenStack Product working group, I will ensure that we leverage the skill-sets and aggregated feedback from the working group.

I believe that the OpenStack Product working group should also be involved with the “OpenStack Futures”1 topic since we have product managers from multiple organizations and we help facilitate the aggregation of user/market needs in the OpenStack community.  This context will be valuable in the upcoming conversations.

As a member of both the Board and Product Working Group, I am ideally suited to participate actively in this topic.  

If I am elected, I will raise/address the following topics:

  •      Fostering collaboration between adjacent open-source projects (see my previous blog post)
  •       Ensuring that we are able to be responsive to the needs of our user community (some of which may not have upstream developers) as OpenStack clouds gain further adoption
  •      Developing a strong ecosystem of services that run on, or support, OpenStack clouds and to also make them feel welcome in the community even if they are outside of the project itself
  •      Re-evaluating the criteria for Big Tent membership beyond the technology and four opens to also include strategic fit

Overall, there are a number of fantastic candidates this year and you can familiarize yourself with their positions by reading their answers to the candidate questionnaire. Rob Hirschfeld is one candidate I’d like to highlight since he is a startup CEO and very active in the Kubernetes community… please consider reading his post on why he is running too.

I hope that I adequately highlighted what I want to accomplish as an Individual Director and earned your vote.  This is a defining year for OpenStack and I want to participate in shaping its future.   Elections are open from January 9th (00:00 UTC) to 13th, 2017 (22:00 UTC).

1 Additional background: In 2016, several organizations that are key contributors to the OpenStack community had layoffs and re-orgs and the overall number of core contributors in the OpenStack community was reduced. This, along with other events, prompted the Board to start discussing a topic called “OpenStack Futures” which includes framing questions that should be considered by the Board regarding the future of the project. Mark McLoughin (OpenStack Board Member) did a great job of summarizing the board meeting on his blog.