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From David Nalley <da...@gnsa.us>
Subject Release Criteria
Date Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:46:43 GMT
Hi folks,

One of the things I've been pondering of late is a set of release
criteria. E.g. here is what CloudStack MUST do to be considered for
release.

So as background there is a somewhat complex social contract that I
think we informally enter with our users. People expect us to release
when we project - and we (IMO) damage the credibility of the project
by suggesting a date and then missing, sometimes by a wide margin. In
reading some of the documentation that other folks have around
Time-based releases, I really like one of the analogies that Ubuntu
uses [1] which is that of a play in a theatre. Things may not be
perfect, people may not absolutely know all of their lines, but
tickets have been sold, the audience is standing outside waiting to
come in, and it's a pretty drastic event for the show not to go on.

At the same time, bringing multiple RCs forward which get voted down
doesn't necessarily inspire confidence. Some of this is caused by our
lack of comprehensive testing. I think many people have an innate
sense of what they think CloudStack should deliver in a product
release; but we also have a number of people who suggest that they are
timid in signing off on a product release simply because of the scope.
I think we should actively be setting the expectations of consumers of
our product. Particularly in the short term when we don't have
completely comprehensive testing, having a standard that we can test
to that is our 'minimum acceptable' makes sense in my mind.

I am going to spend a few days drafting a set of criteria, and I'll
post it to the wiki, and ask for feedback and help in refining it,
just wanted to give a heads up on what I am thinking, and hopefully
get some consensus around it being a worthwhile thing.

--David





[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TimeBasedReleases

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