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Re: [Proposal] Apache Beam's Public Project Roadmap

Just to unwrap BIP: How would it differ from (a) JIRA ticket and (b) a proposal gdoc. Just for history, when Beam started, the (much smaller, and now very different) community chose JIRA instead of BIP. How would it relate to (c) the overview/list style page and (d) the quarterly brainstorm.

A BIP would typically originate from a discussion ML thread, starts off with a summary, has a proposal document (with good collaborative editing features :). Later on, if it gains acceptance, there will be the usual JIRA tickets that break down the implementation work and a top level status and references section (like we have it in the WIP section on https://beam.apache.org/contribute/). The overview/list page would point to the individual BIPs.

Could it be just a list of special tagged JIRAs with attachments? Each BIP should probably have a JIRA that is the top level JIRA for all the work that eventually accrues under it. Beam JIRA today is notoriously hard to navigate and make sense of, especially when looking for the bigger picture. Individual JIRAs typically lack context and often don't explain themselves let alone refer back to gdocs and email threads. So probably it will be good to have a separate index that groups items and highlights certain things in a way a JIRA report cannot support anyways, even if we were really disciplined maintaining it...

The quarterly brainstorm could be an opportunity to take a deeper look at the BIP collection, possibly prune or resurrect items etc.?



On Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 7:28 AM Thomas Weise <thw@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I like the idea of presenting strategic and user impacting initiatives (ongoing and future) in an easy to consume format, but also think that "roadmap" sounds a bit too corporate...

Other projects, including Flink, Kafka and Spark have the concept of "Improvement Proposal" that could serve this purpose, so maybe it is time for "BIP"? 

There could then be an overview/list style page that shows in-progress and proposed items that gives the visitor an idea where the project is headed. 

Also, can we consider confluence for this? It is ASF hosted but easier to maintain than beam-site.


On Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 4:59 AM, Kenneth Knowles <klk@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
OK, I have one note: what about longer-term "roadmap", in quotes because that just means it is "ideas for the future". Like the Spark runner could have a written roadmap that includes lots of TODOs that extend far into the future. It gives a menu of things to think about when filling this out each quarter. Users and contributors could potentially comment / upvote.

I think this is probably a separate thing than what you have here - it could just be a public gdoc with no particular structure, or JIRA tags bundled into some kind of report - but what do you think?


On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 8:37 PM Kenneth Knowles <klk@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
This is great. I'm really excited to build a community process for this.


On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 5:05 PM Griselda Cuevas <gris@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Beam Community, 

I'd like to propose the creation of a Public Project Roadmap. Here are the details as well as some artifacts I started already. 




Create a simple spreadsheet-based project roadmap to generate an overview of all the efforts driven by different members of the community. I propose doing something like this tracker I put together [1]. 


The ultimate purpose of this roadmap is to create a tool and method to make our project more transparent and efficient. It will help us map dependencies, identify collaboration areas and communicate future releases to users more clearly. 


We could update the current status of the roadmap every three months (quarter), following these guidelines and timeline [2].