RFC: Organizational Changes – Engineering Service

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 19:12:42 UTC 2010

On Fri, Feb 05, 2010 at 12:24:31PM -0600, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 05, 2010 at 12:07:19 -0600,
>   Mike McGrath <mmcgrath at redhat.com> wrote:
> > 
> > The problem is we have no such service organization for our OS.  The work
> > gets done by the people that do it (this is good).  Still, some things
> > fall through the cracks and you certainly can't mandate work to FESCo as
> > they have no facilities to do it and the FESCo members themselves can't be
> > expected to do it.  So what I'm proposing is a new engineering service
> > team.  People volunteer knowing they will be told what to do and offer
> > only their time and skill set.  Suddenly FESCo has a directable resource.
> For those of us that might volunteer for only a few hours a week, there may
> need to be some latency requirements. (I am not sure how low you are
> going with the number of hours as at some point it's not worth the trouble.)
> But if I were say to volunter for 4 hours a week and I get told to do
> something, how long to I have to do it? Is this time going to be required
> on a weekly basis? Maybe I only want to commit to one day every other weekend?
> Is this time expected to be utilized at near 100% on an ongoing basis? (I am
> wondering if this is going to totally conflict with other time committed to
> Fedora for maintianing packages and the like.)

It could very well conflict with time committed to maintaining packages.
I'd hope that we could structure something better than a "every week, you
must have X hours free to do work." to something more like, you have
X hours this Saturday and next, here's a project you can do in that amount of time.

ie: we might need to know when you can do something as well as how much but
hopefully we'd have projects with small enough pieces that you could
contribute even if it was only a few weekends here or there (if they're
known in advance).

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