[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Call for Release Manager nominations — Evergreen.next

Kathy Lussier klussier at masslnc.org
Fri Oct 28 22:57:58 EDT 2016

Hi all,

I would like to submit my name for consideration to be Release Manager 
for Evergreen 2.next. I have worked in the Evergreen community for more 
than six years, contributing both code and documentation to the project 
and reviewing contributions made by others. I have also been active in 
developer meetings and helped organize Bug Squashing Days. Through my 
involvement, I have a good handle on the planning, communication and 
organization required for a smooth release process.

I have one primary goal for the next release: getting the browser-based 
client closer to a finished state so that more libraries are able to run 
it in a production environment. During next week's hack-a-way, we have 
an agenda item to discuss a path to completion and a release of 3.0 in 
2017. Regardless of whether this discussion leads to a 3.0 release in 
March or not, I think focusing on a few key areas can put us in a 
position where more libraries will be able  to start using the web 
client with the next release.

Reaching this goal will require the help and participation of all 
contributors to the project, not just developers, but also DIG members, 
testers and those who are experts in the Evergreen application. Here are 
some of the areas I would like to focus on over the next few months:

Despite the extensive amount of testing and bug fixing that has occurred 
as each sprint has been completed, continued testing has turned up more 
bugs in the web client, something that is to be expected with a project 
this large. Although some of these bugs are small, others may be 
blockers for libraries to start using the new client. Over the past few 
weeks, there has been a lot of activity in fixing the bugs, but it would 
be great if we could get more involvement from  the developer community 
to work on them. We are likely to learn of more bugs once libraries use 
the web client in production, and clearing out the known ones now will 
help the process go a little more smoothly.

To help us focus on these bugs, I would like to follow up on a 
suggestion I think first came from Galen and Mike to schedule web client 
hacking days in the community. Ideally, some of the developers who have 
worked extensively on the web client would be available to answer 
questions on those days, but I think the real benefit lies in setting 
aside the time where code contributors can focus on working on those bugs.

Another area I would like to focus on is addressing UI and consistency 
issues in web client. This work could include:

- identifying inconsistent language in the new client and then providing 
more consistency in these areas.
- in web client grids, ensuring that default column picker options 
reflect the data staff most often need to see.
- identifying and improving other low-hanging usability issues

Web client hacking days don't just need to be for code contributors. As 
we get closer to a full web client release, fully documenting the new 
interfaces is becoming more critical.

I welcome any other ideas you all may have for getting the web client 
ready for our Evergreen libraries!

Thank you for your consideration.

Kathy Lussier

On 10/17/2016 09:57 AM, Galen Charlton wrote:
> Hi,
> It is fast approaching time to elect the Release Manager for the next
> Evergreen release.
> The Release Manager does not have to be a core committer, but does
> need to be familiar with Git and have already contributed
> substantially to the Evergreen project whether it be code or
> documentation.
> Nominations (including self-nominations) are due by 11:59 PM EDT on
> Friday, 28 October. Nominations should be made by email to
> open-ils-dev at list.georgialibraries.org with a Cc: to
> open-ils-general at list.georgialibraries.org. Replying to all on this
> email will also work.
> Nominees should send an email to both of the above mailing lists a
> statement about their relationship to the Evergreen community and
> their goals for the next release. The elected release manager will be
> expected to adhere to the established schedule for the release
> milestones.
> The election will be held in the Evergreen IRC channel on freenode.net
> during the week of October 31st (i.e., the week of the Evergreen
> Hack-a-way).  Later this week, I will circulate a poll for setting the
> specific date and time.
> Everyone is invited to participate in the voting. Evergreen core
> committers who cannot make the meeting may submit their vote via email
> to the open-ils-dev mailing list.
> As a side note, during the Hack-a-way we will discuss the results of
> the experiment with the buildmaster position during the 2.11 cycle; if
> we decide to continue with it, we'll likely select buildmasters for
> the next release during the Hack-a-way or shortly thereafter.
> Regards,
> Galen

Kathy Lussier
Project Coordinator
Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
(508) 343-0128
klussier at masslnc.org
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