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From Benoit Chesneau <>
Subject Re: Focus
Date Wed, 07 Nov 2012 19:06:48 GMT
i'm +1 to focus. Actually the things I want to focus are CORS (quite
done module dale observations), make couchdb more OTPish (including
rebarification)  and plugins.

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:19 PM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
> On 06.11.2012, at 18:37, Noah Slater <> wrote:
>> Octavian, I think Jan was just saying that Futon.Next should be part of our
>> current focus.
>> The 1.3 release is orthogonal. We cut it when we cut it. :)
> Correct, thanks for the clarification! :)
> Jan
> --
>> On 6 November 2012 17:06, Octavian Damiean <> wrote:
>>> Quick question. Apparently I misunderstood something in the first meeting
>>> because I was thinking that Futon.Next is such a if it's ready for 1.3 we
>>> ship it if not then in 1.4.
>>> I'm asking because Futon.Current can do everything necessary at the moment,
>>> which makes Futon.Next a non-stopper in my opinion. I'm just asking, not
>>> trying to discuss or propose anything.
>>> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM, Noah Slater <> wrote:
>>>> I think this is a great initiative Jan.
>>>> I am sure there are a few people right now who are thinking "Hey, but I
>>> am
>>>> working on X, and Jan didn't mention X, so is X important? Or is Jan
>>>> telling me I shouldn't be working on X?" Well, I understand that. As it
>>>> happens, I am working on the docs, and Jan didn't mention them.
>>>> But I don't think the idea is that anything not on the list is
>>> unimportant,
>>>> or that if you're working on something else, then you should stop. Just
>>>> that we need to have a regularly updated list of our current PROJECT
>>>> focus.
>>>> And so, with that caveat out of the way...
>>>> Jan, as this is your initiative, can I ask you to start a page on the
>>> wiki?
>>>> We should document this.
>>>> I think the wiki page should probably have three things on it. A list of
>>>> our current focus areas. An archived list of previous focus areas. And a
>>>> list of areas to focus on in the future.
>>>> I think we should also review this monthly. Each month, review the
>>> current
>>>> focus areas, see what has been done and what has not. Archive the list.
>>>> Create a new one for the current month. And decide on whether we want to
>>>> add any other items. This should be a dev-level decision making process,
>>>> perhaps in the first IRC meeting of the month.
>>>> A monthly email to both user and dev, along with general project status,
>>>> might be a good thing to come out of this too.
>>>> Thoughts?
>>>> On 6 November 2012 15:47, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:
>>>>> Hey all,
>>>>> I’m trying something new here. Please send any feedback you might have.
>>>>> DISCLAIMER: I won’t keep anyone working on or discussing anything.
>>> I
>>>>> want is find a way to make us all more productive.
>>>>> * * *
>>>>> With that out of the way:
>>>>> Let’s Focus!
>>>>> My hypothesis is this:
>>>>>  This group, dev@, has a limited amount of time and attention to move
>>>>> CouchDB forward. We have so many important things to do that it is very
>>>>> hard for us to say “no” to any one thing that is brought up.
>>>> Historically,
>>>>> whenever there is a surge of activity, we (myself definitely included)
>>>> tend
>>>>> to bring up more issues than we can work on at a time and as a result
>>> we
>>>>> end up doing less than we could.
>>>>> My proposal to solve this:
>>>>> Say “no”.
>>>>> More specifically, we need to learn to say “no” to things that, while
>>>> they
>>>>> are definitely important, are not important enough “right now” and
>>> should
>>>>> be deferred to a later time.
>>>>> For example, currently I think our most important topics are:
>>>>> - Get CORS and docs into shape that we can merge them to master/1.3.x
>>>>> - Ship 1.3.0
>>>>> - Help the Futon.Next folks out as much as we can to build & deliver
>>>>> Futon.Next.
>>>>> At the same time, there are many more discussions going on that are
>>>>> distracting us from the points above done.
>>>>> (This includes my Plugins Proposal, I am clearly guilty of this.)
>>>>> Note that the list above is a strong “in my opinion”, your shortlist
>>>>> likely to differ and that’s great. We as a group need to figure out
>>>>> together what the things are that we care about *and* that we can care
>>>>> about at any one time.
>>>>> This includes things we discuss on dev@, in the weekly meetings,
>>> patches
>>>>> we request reviews & comments on.
>>>>> I strongly believe that when we can agree on a short list of things we
>>>>> care about, and get them done, and *then* move on to the next few
>>> things,
>>>>> we’ll get more accomplished than we do right now.
>>>>> * * *
>>>>> It would be illusionary to imagine a fully sequential workflow, so I
>>>> won’t
>>>>> pretend we should try to achieve that, we’ll always have things going
>>> on
>>>> at
>>>>> the same time, some by different group members, some by the same
>>> people.
>>>> I
>>>>> also don’t suggest to add a layer of classical project management.
>>>>> discussions are broader (BigCouch merge, source reorg) and need more
>>>> time,
>>>>> others should be resolved quickly. And to reiterate the disclaimer, I
>>>> won’t
>>>>> keep anyone from working on or discussing anything at any time.
>>>>> All I suggest is that we, as a group, are a little more mindful about
>>> the
>>>>> things we can handle at any one point. This will change depending on
>>> how
>>>>> much time each of us can spend in a given week or month. I hope over
>>> time
>>>>> the list of things we can do at a time grows, as we add more members
>>>> the
>>>>> dev team (hello Futon.Next folks! :)
>>>>> * * *
>>>>> In practical terms, I’ll be asking the questions “is this relevant
>>> right
>>>>> now?” and “should this be on our short list of things to care about?”
>>>> lot
>>>>> more often, and I hope, given you agree with the broad strokes above,
>>> can
>>>>> do the same.
>>>>> Thanks for your time and attention!
>>>>> Cheers
>>>>> Jan
>>>>> --
>>>> --
>>>> NS
>> --
>> NS

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