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From Marco de Abreu <marco.g.ab...@googlemail.com.INVALID>
Subject Re: Beam's recent community development work
Date Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:32:01 GMT
Very interesting! I especially like the different levels of engagement and
beam committers actively engaging potential committers to mentor them
towards reaching the next level. This fact together with the feedback loop
sounds like a very promising and encouraging system.

Thanks a lot Yasser and Kenneth for sharing it!

-Marco


Yasser Zamani <yasserzamani@apache.org> schrieb am Sa., 30. Juni 2018,
10:20:

> Thank you very much Kenneth, they're nice points!
>
> Regards.
>
> On 6/30/2018 10:45 AM, Kenneth Knowles wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > The ASF board suggested that we (Beam) share some of what we've been
> doing
> > for community development with dev@community.apache.org and
> > members@apache.org. So here is a long description. I have included
> > dev@beam.apache.org because it is the subject, really, and this is &
> should
> > be all public knowledge.
> >
> > We would love feedback! We based a lot of this on reading the community
> > project site, and probably could have learned even more with more study.
> >
> > # Background
> >
> > We face two problems in our contributor/committer-base:
> >
> > 1. Not enough committers to review all the code being contributed, in
> part
> > due to recent departure of a few committers
> > 2. We want our contributor-base (hence committer-base) to be more spread
> > across companies and backgrounds, for the usual Apache reasons. Our user
> > base is not active and varied enough to make this automatic. One solution
> > is to make the right software to get a varied user base, but that is a
> > different thread :-) so instead we have to work hard to build our
> community
> > around the software we have.
> >
> > # What we did
> >
> > ## Committer guidelines
> >
> > We published committer guidelines [1] for transparency and as an
> > invitation. We start by emphasizing that there are many kinds of
> > contributions, not just code (we have committers from community
> > development, tech writing, training, etc). Then we have three aspects:
> >
> > 1. ASF code of conduct
> > 2. ASF committer responsibilities
> > 3. Beam-specific committer responsibilities
> >
> > The best way to understand is to follow the link at the bottom of this
> > email. The important part is that you shouldn't be proposing a committer
> > for other reasons, and you shouldn't be blocking a committer for other
> > reasons.
> >
> > ## Instead of just "[DISCUSS] Potential committer XYZ" we discuss every
> > layer
> >
> > Gris (CC'd) outlined this: people go through these phases of relationship
> > with our project:
> >
> > 1. aware of it
> > 2. interested in it / checking it out
> > 3. using it for real
> > 4. first-time contributor
> > 5. repeat contributor
> > 6. committer
> > 7. PMC
> >
> > As soon as we notice someone, like a user asking really deep questions,
> we
> > invite discussion on private@ on how we can move them to the next level
> of
> > engagement.
> >
> > ## Monthly cadence
> >
> > Every ~month, we call for new discussions and revisit ~all prior
> > discussions. This way we do not forget to keep up this effort.
> >
> > ## Individual discussions
> >
> > For each person we have a separate thread on private@. This ensures we
> have
> > quality focused discussions that lead to feedback. In collective
> > discussions that we used to do, we often didn't really come up with
> > actionable feedback and ended up not even contacting potential committers
> > to encourage them. And consensus was much less clear.
> >
> > ## Feedback!
> >
> > If someone is brought up for a discussion, that means they got enough
> > attention that we hope to engage them more. But unsolicited feedback is
> > never a good idea. For a potential committer, we did this:
> >
> > 1. Send an email saying something like "you were discussed as a potential
> > committer - do you want to become one? do you want feedback?"
> > 2. If they say yes (so far everyone) we send a few bullet points from the
> > discussion and *most important* tie each bullet to the committer
> > guidelines. If we have no feedback about which guidelines were a concern,
> > that is a red flag that we are being driven by bias.
> >
> > We saw a *very* significant increase in engagement from those we sent
> > feedback to, and the trend is that they almost all will become committers
> > over time.
> >
> > ## Results
> >
> >  - Q1 we had no process and we added no new committers or PMC members.
> >  - Q2 when we tried these new things we added 7 committers and 1 PMC
> > member, with ~3~4 obvious committer candidates for next time around, plus
> > positive feedback from other contributors, spread across five companies.
> >
> > We've had a pretty major uptick in building Beam as a result.
> >
> > ## Review-then-commit
> >
> > We are dedicated to RTC as the best way to build software. Reviews not
> only
> > make the code better, but (with apologies to ASF/GNU differences) as RMS
> > says "The fundamental act of friendship among programmers is the sharing
> of
> > programs" and reviews are where we do that.
> >
> > As a minor point, we also changed our "review-then-commit" policy to
> > require that *either* the reviewer or the author be a committer.
> Previously
> > the reviewer had to be a committer. Rationale: if we trust someone as a
> > committer, we should trust their choice of reviewer. This also helps the
> > community, as it engages non-committers as reviewers.
> >
> > ----
> >
> > If you made it through this long email, thanks for reading!
> >
> > Kenn
> >
> > [1] https://beam.apache.org/contribute/become-a-committer/
> >
>

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