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From Rob Weir <...@robweir.com>
Subject Re: release manager for the next release
Date Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:33:10 GMT
On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 7:05 AM, Jürgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> after a longer vacation and some silence in the past weeks I would like
> to discuss the release manager role.
>
> I think it's time that somebody else takes over this role and drives
> active the next release. I did it since the beginning of OpenOffice at
> Apache but I think it is a good opportunity for somebody to be more
> active in the community and take over some responsibility.
>

Hi Juergen,

Thanks, from all I assume, for your efforts in this area.  Not only
were you the Release Manager, but you defined the role itself for AOO,
a project with more complicated release requirements than most others
at Apache.

If someone was considering stepping in as the Release Manager for the
next release, what should they be looking at?  Is there a wiki page or
other documentation that defines the process?

Also, are you able to review and update (if needed) the available
documentation and/or help mentor the next Release Manager?    Or do
you think this is all documented enough that someone can just step in
and RTFM?

Regards,

-Rob


> We have released some important milestones over the years and have
> enough experience and know what's necessary. Whoever takes over the
> release manager role won't be alone and will get the support from the
> community. In the same way I got it in the past.
>
> We had discussions about the way how to communicate and track the
> release planning and the progress and now it's the time that people can
> realize this. It's always room for improvements.
>
> The goal is that this somewhat important role is circulating and not
> depending on one person only. The releases are anyway a community effort
> and the release manager have to take care of some necessary formalism.
>
> And to make it easier a further goal is to be able to take binary builds
> from our build bots and release them. Currently we rely on builds made
> by community members but I think it's better to use official build bots
> for that. This means that we have to check the Windows build bot and the
> binaries if they can be used already or what is missing. It means that
> we need Linux build bots with the correct baseline or increase the
> baseline. And finally we need a Mac build bot. But this discussion
> should take place in a separate thread.
>
> For now I would like to invite all of you to think about the release
> manager role and if is something for you. I will not be available as
> release manager for the next release.
>
> Juergen
>
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