a self debriefing

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Mon Sep 8 20:25:20 CEST 2008

once the 4.2 schedule decision is worked out, i think it would be really good 
to sit back and ask some questions. this may simply re-affirm what we are doing, 
or it may indicate need for changes. either way, having a conscious awareness 
of how we are doing is undeniably better than simply making it up as we go 

some questions i'd suggest asking ourselves (please add your own as well):

* what has the 6 month cycle won us in terms of real benefit thus far?

* are we getting the return in commitment promised from third parties due to 
the discipline of a 6 month cycle, or do we need to re-assess that with them?

* how long before we can disentable the development cycle from it, ala Dirk 
and Sebastian's presentation at Akademy '08?

* if that disentanglement will take more than a year, how do we deal with 
aligning our development with Qt? (our most critical and quickly evolving 

* under what circumstances should we allow ourselves to alter the plan for the 
cycle we are currently in at the time?

* how do we define "useful predictability"? is it knowing that the goal in N 
cycles from now will be 6 months, or is it more important to know with 
certainty what the next 2-3 releases will actually be?

* are application developers being well served by the amount and form of 
communication thus far?

* are the libraries being well served by the amount and form of communication 
thus far?

overall, i think the release team is doing a very good job. the above 
questions are not an indictment or a measure of distrust in the process. they 
are, rather, out of respect for what is working and a desire to see this team 
remain a healthy and well-oiled machine.

Aaron J. Seigo
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