[OpenStack Foundation] Board of Directors Meeting

Jonathan Bryce jonathan at openstack.org
Tue Mar 29 22:43:07 UTC 2016

Hi everyone,

Today the Board of Directors met in in person alongside the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. It was a packed agenda with some great discussions on a variety of topics.

Meeting agenda: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Governance/Foundation/29Mar2016BoardMeeting

First, the diversity working group reported some concern about a lack of participation in meetings and activities, and roadblocks due to other dependencies on the Foundation staff or community resources. It also seems like there’s not been strong or centralized communication around all of the diversity and mentoring activities already happening (for example, at the Austin Summit https://www.openstack.org/summit/austin-2016/mentoring-and-diversity/). We agreed to find an internal champion on the Foundation staff to help support the efforts and communicate activities that are already in flight—like Upstream University, Outreachy internships, travel support program, etc.—that support the goals and work streams of the diversity working group.

Next the Board approved Rob Esker and Anni Lai and chair and vice chair respectively of the the New Member Committee. The Defcore Committee then shared an ongoing discussion around taking more ownership of the interoperability tests and asked the board for input on how to proceed.  

Allison Randall then presented some ideas around recognizing non-code contributors as “Active Community Contributors.” The idea lines up well with a new working group spun the User Committee recently spun up to recognize non-ATC contributions (https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/NonATCRecognition), and the two groups will work together to help determine criteria and awards for the different types of contributors that are incredibly valuable to our community overall.

Next we discussed future Summits, including breaking out project team design sessions in a separate event, and focusing planning and working sessions at the Summit on more strategic and cross-project conversations. We also discussed future Summit locations as we’re working to lock down the Summits for 2017, and should be able to share more specifics soon.

Russell Bryant then presented an update to the OpenStack mission statement proposed by the Technical Committee to specifically address interoperability and end users. The Board approved the following updated mission statement that the Technical Committee had previously approved:

"To produce a ubiquitous Open Source Cloud Computing platform that is easy to use, simple to implement, interoperable between deployments, works well at all scales, and meets the needs of users and operators of both public and private clouds."

Finally, Mark Collier kicked off a forum for more strategic discussions about the future of OpenStack. The Board had a lightning round of brainstorming sessions to discuss interoperability & product strategy, NFV and networking, one platform for containers, VMs & bare metal, and community health & culture. The conversations will continue at the Austin Summit board meeting. Look forward to seeing everyone there the last week of April!


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