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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Next steps for various proposals (mentor re-boot, pTLP, etc.)
Date Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:07:41 GMT
On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 4:14 AM, Ted Dunning <ted.dunning@gmail.com> wrote:

> If you would like to characterize shepherds as cross-cutting
> mentors-at-large, I wouldn't disagree.

It's costly to produce such cross-cutting commentary.  Because the product
ends up in the public report, it's risky to be candid -- recall the
Drill shepherd review that raised objections: <http://s.apache.org/ed>.
Shepherds can diminish the risk either by spending more time gathering
information, raising the cost, or by being more circumspect, diminishing the
review's usefulness.  Both choices are suboptimal.

In any case, the Incubator struggles to get consistent shepherd participation.
While the fact that Incubator shepherds are less accountable than Board
members might keep participation under 100% any given month, my guess is that
the main reason the number is under 50% and trending downward is cost/benefit
ratio -- shepherds are making a rational choice to occupy themselves with
tasks they perceive as less arduous and/or more rewarding.

Maybe the time will come to revisit this issue if shepherd participation
flatlines, though that's not a very satisfying outcome...

Marvin Humphrey

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