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Governance/Foundation/UserCommittee

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 is advised by Working Groups, each of whom represents different user audiences and interests.

The user committee mission is to:

  • Consolidate user requirements and present these to the management board and technical committee[1].
  • 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

[1]= the User Committee may request an agenda item for the Board's meeting.

How to Engage?

The User Committee and its Working Groups co-ordinate 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 fortnightly IRC meetings, alternating between times convenient for US and APAC attendees:

Next US meeting: Monday, May June 6th, 2016 at 1900 UTC in (freenode) #openstack-meeting
Proposed Agenda:
Logs from past meetings: 
* http://eavesdrop.openstack.org/meetings/user_committee/2015/ 
* http://eavesdrop.openstack.org/meetings/uc/2016/
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Planning for Austin: The User Committee will have a session during the Austin Summit. We are using this etherpad to plan our agenda. Please add your proposals to it!
https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/User_Committee_Austin_Planning

Structure

The structure of the user committee is currently being defined. Jon Proulx, Subbu Allamaraju and Shilla Saebi have been nominated by the management board and technical committee to work with the community. 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:

Working Group - Working Teams Status Co-Chairs User Audience Tag Expected Outcomes
API Working Group Active Chris Dent, Michael McCune, Everett Toews OpenStack contributors #API-WG To improve the developer experience of API users by converging the OpenStack API to a consistent and pragmatic RESTful design. The working group creates guidelines that all OpenStack projects should follow for new development, and promotes convergence of new APIs and future versions of existing APIs.
Product Working Group Active Carol Barrett, Shamail Tahir Product and Business Managers #Product-WG 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.
AUC Recognition Active Shamail Tahir, Maish Saidel-Keesing Whole of Community #Recognition-WG To assist the User Committee with defining its constituency
Scientific Working Group Active Stig Telfer & Blair Blethwaite Scientific Institutions Deploying, Operating and Contributing to OpenStack #Scientific-WG see wiki page
Ops Tags Team Active Tom Fifield, Edgar Magana, Jon Proulx, Shilla Saebi Operators #OpsTags-WG A team to define tags for ops, allowing users to make better decisions by providing useful information about OpenStack software projects.
Enterprise Working Group Active Carol Barrett Enterprise Vendors and Customers #Enterprise-WG Action plans to solve Enterprise Private Cloud needs and issues.
Large Deployment Team Active Matt Van Winkle Operators #Deploy-WG To discuss the needs and issues of those running large OpenStack deployments
Application Ecosystem Working Group Active Patricia Montenegro, Michael Krotscheck Cloud Applications Developers #AppEco-WG To create an environment where a diverse array of applications built for OpenStack can thrive.
Telecom/NFV Active Curtis Collicutt Telecom and NFV #openstack-nfv Operators Telecom and NFV Team will work with the OpenStack community and ecosystem to benefit OpenStack Operators specifically running telecommunication services and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) systems utilizing OpenStack.
Diversity Working Group Active Carol Barrett, Kavit Munshi, Roland Chan All Community Members #Diversity-WG see wiki page: https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Diversity

Working Groups Chairs Directory

Name Email
Curtis Collicutt curtis@serverascode.com
Carol Barrett carol.l.barrett@intel.com
Kavit Munshi kavit@aptira.com
Roland Chan roland@aptira.com
Matt Van Winkle mvanwink@rackspace.com
Stig Telfer stig.openstack@telfer.org
Blair Bethwaite blair.bethwaite@gmail.com
Shamail Tahir itzshamail@gmail.com
Maish Saidel-Keesing maishsk@maishsk.com
Tom Fifield tom@openstack.org
Edgar Magana emagana@gmail.com
Jon Proulx jon@csail.mit.edu
Shilla Saebi shilla.saebi@gmail.com
Chris Dent chris.dent@gmail.com
Michael McCune msm@redhat.com
Everett Toews everett.toews@rackspace.com
Michael Krotscheck michael.krotscheck@hpe.com
Patricia Montenegro patricia.montenegro@intel.com