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From Rohit Yadav <rohit.ya...@shapeblue.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] 4.6 release management
Date Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:43:51 GMT
I think we need to have a faster release management to speed up process in general, and for
that I propose that we have at least two co-pilots for the release manager who would support
them with things like reviewing/merging patches, creating RC candidates etc whenever necessary.
Having only one person as a release manager can become a bottleneck for a speedy release.

The other issue is getting people to test a (release) branch, fix bugs and expect a review/result
in 72 hours. This has usually failed if people are busy and not getting enough time for this.
As an example, I think 4.5 is delayed because it lacked people actively testing it or fixing
issues, or when issues were found only around the RC testing period which delayed RC voting
by 1-2 weeks every time that happened. (I’ll post details about where I think we are wrt
4.5 in another thread).

> On 17-Apr-2015, at 12:49 am, Pierre-Luc Dion <pdion@cloudops.com> wrote:
>
> Today during the CloudStackdays  we did a round table about Release
> management targeting the next 4.6 releases.
>
>
> Quick bullet point discussions:
>
> ideas to change release planning
>
>   - Plugin contribution is complicated because often  a new plugin involve
>   change on the core:
>      - ex: storage plugin involve changes on Hypervisor code
>   - There is an idea of going on a 2 weeks release model which could
>   introduce issue the database schema.
>   - Database schema version should be different then the application
>   version.
>   - There is a will to enforce git workflow in 4.6  and trigger simulator
>   job on  PullRequest.
>   - Some people (I'm part of them) are concerned on our current way of
>   supporting and back porting fixes to multiple release (4.3.x, 4.4.x,
>   4.5.x). But the current level of confidence against latest release is low,
>   so that need to be improved.
>
>
> So, the main messages is that w'd like to improve the release velocity, and
> release branch stability.  so we would like to propose few change in the
> way we would add code to the 4.6 branch as follow:
>
> - All new contribution to 4.6 would be thru Pull Request or merge request,
> which would trigger a simulator job, ideally only if that pass the PR would
> be accepted and automatically merged.  At this time, I think we pretty much
> have everything in place to do that. At a first step we would use
> simulator+marvin jobs then improve tests coverage from there.
>
> Please comments :-)

Regards,
Rohit Yadav
Software Architect, ShapeBlue
M. +91 88 262 30892 | rohit.yadav@shapeblue.com
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