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As the number of production OpenStack deployments increase and more ecosystem partners add support for OpenStack clouds, it becomes increasingly important that the communities building services around OpenStack guide and influence the product evolution. The user committee's role is to represent the needs of the diverse range of OpenStack users.

The user committee mission is to:

  • Consolidate user requirements and present these to the management board and technical committee
  • Provide guidance for the development teams where user feedback is requested
  • Track OpenStack deployments and usage, helping to share user stories and experiences
  • Work with the user groups worldwide to keep the OpenStack community vibrant and informed

How to Engage?

The committee co-ordinates via the user-commitee mailing list - feel free to join and post your ideas.

Consider looking at the working groups and teams below and joining their activities.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with User Committee efforts, please complete this form.

Attend our monthly IRC meetings:

Next meeting: Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 1900 UTC in (freenode) #openstack-meeting
Proposed Agenda:
* Administrivia
** User Committee News (Welcome Shilla!)
** Specifying the Monthly Meeting (Purpose, Timing, Advertising)
* Further Analysis of User Survey results (Roland Chan)
^^ Should this be "formation of the User Survey Working Group" instead?
* Working group reports
* User Committee Expansion plans
  • Ops Midcycle meetup
Logs from past meetings: http://eavesdrop.openstack.org/meetings/user_committee/2015/ 
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The structure of the user committee is currently being defined. Tim Bell, Jon Proulx and Subbu Allamaraju have been nominated by the management board and technical committee to work with the community and determine the by-laws and scope. This process is ongoing and your assistance is welcome - consider the following:

and post your thoughts on the user-committee mailing list.

Working Groups and Teams

The user committee is currently looking at a structure that involves working groups to conduct specific packages of tasks. The Working Groups have a defined purpose and goal, and produce work to meet their stated aims. Working Groups will have their own leadership, which will be responsible for finding volunteers in the community to complete the work. Working Groups should be allowed to form naturally and easily where a need arises, without unnecessary bureaucratic burden. However, some controls should be enacted to ensure effort is best placed, and not duplicated, so please consider the procedure below:

Group/Team Status Organisers Expected Outcomes
Telco Active Steve Gordon Define the use cases and identify and prioritise the requirements which are needed to deploy, manage, and run telecommunication services on top of OpenStack.
Enterprise Working Group Active Carol Barrett <carol.l.barrett@intel.com> Action plans to solve Enterprise Private Cloud needs and issues.
Application Ecosystem Working Group Active John Callaghan, Tom Fifield To create an environment where a diverse array of applications built for OpenStack can thrive.
API Working Group Active Jay Pipes, Christopher Yeoh, Everett Toews To propose, discuss, review, and advocate for API guidelines for all OpenStack Programs to follow.
Large Deployment Team Active Matt Van Winkle To discuss the needs and issues of those running large OpenStack deployments
Log Rationalisation Active Rochelle Grober, Jay Pipes
Ops Tools Sporadic Activity Debbo Dutta, Joe Topjian To discover and detail best practices in ops monitoring and tools, and facilitate tool sharing
Packaging Sporadic Activity None yet To be determined
Product Working Group Active Carol Barrett, Shamail Tahir To aggregate user stories from market-oriented work groups, partner with the development community on resources, and help gather data to generate a multi-release roadmap.
Ops Tags Team Active Tom Fifield, Subbu Allamaraju, Jon Proulx, Shilla Saebi A team to define tags for ops, allowing users to make better decisions by providing useful information about OpenStack software projects.
User Survey Team Active Tom Fifield, Subbu Allamaraju, Jon Proulx, Shilla Saebi, Lauren Sell, Heidi Joy Tretheway The traditional group of people (user committee+foundation staff) who run the user survey.
HPC/HTC Working Group Sporadic Activity Tim Bell To gather and promote OpenStack use cases and best practices in an HPC/HTC environment.
Upgrades Working Group Sporadic Activity TBC To ease the pain of OpenStack upgrades.