[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [Quality Assurance] ROS Quality Assurance Working Group meeting minutes Kick Off Meeting - 10/01/2018

Adam Alami ros.discourse at gmail.com
Thu Jan 11 15:18:11 UTC 2018

ROS Quality Assurance Working Group meeting minutes Kick Off Meeting
Time: 9 a.m. UTC and 5 p.m. UTC

9 a.m. UTC Group
1.	Adam Alami
2.	Akshay	Jain
3.	Andrzej Wasowski
4.	Geoffrey Biggs
5.	Kei Okada

5 p.m. UTC Group
1.	Adam	Alami
2.	Aaditya Saraiya
3.	David Bensoussan
4.	Dirk Thomas
5.	Gijs van Hood
6.	Ian McMahon
7.	Luca Marchionni
8.	Matt Droter
9.	Shaun Edwards
10.	Victor Lopez

ROSIN quality assurance (QA) initiatives were discussed. Below is a summary of the discussion. The following problems and solutions were discussed:

1. Problem: There is a lack of a centralized source for community quality assurance practices, knowledge, and collaboration.
      a. Solutions:
           i. Quality Hub: Would inform about existing practices and would be a central go-to place for QA 
             knowledge sharing (documentation of QA practices)
                     1.	Discussion:
                                     a.	Make the content of the website educational and easy to digest.
                                     b.	The content should capture the knowledge most engineers do not already have.
                                     c.	The website should be incorporated into the existing infrastructure (i.e., Wiki, ROS 
          ii.	Quality Discourse: A dedicated QA forum
                     1.	Discussion:
                                     a.	A chapter was created for Quality Assurance.

2.	Problem: The quality of packages is not visible.
        a.	Solution:
                i.	Make ROS packages quality visible.
                        1.	Discussion:
                                a.	A Quality Stamp was suggested. We can use a script (leverage existing Github 
                                        feature) to generate the stamp.
                                b.	Enforce the stamp creation in the distribution process.

3.	Problem: Inconsistent practice of code review
        a.	Solution:
                i.	Energize the code review process.
                        1.	Discussion:
                                a.	It was recommended to use the combination of a tool and peer review.
                                b.	It was suggested to create a website (i.e., similar to answers.org) dedicated to code 
                               c.	Motivation was discussed. What would motivate community members to do code 
                                        review? A reward system similar to the Karma system was discussed.
                               d.	Review and update the current standards.
                               e.	Possibly provide tutorials on how to review a pull request.

4.	Problem: Recruiting maintainers is a real problem for ROS and ROS-I. This has led to an increasing 
        number of orphan packages. This is a capacity issue within the core team. The team is struggling to attract 
        new maintainers. The team capacity does not reflect the maintenance effort required. This is also applicable 
        to non-core packages. There is a lack of willingness to contribute to packages maintenance. It is a 
        challenge to attract and retain new maintainers.
        a.	Solutions:
                 i.	Propose and implement a funding model for the maintenance activities.
                ii.	Organize periodic campaigns to recruit new maintainers for both core and non-core packages.
                iii.	Define an onboarding process for both core and non-core community members.
                iv.	Document the onboarding process, including online educational materials (i.e., tutorials).
                 v.	Implement the onboarding process.
                vi.	Formalize the code ownership process.
                        1.	Discussion:
                                a.	Reward maintainers with Github Bounty.
                                b.	Identify a sustainability strategy.
                                c.	The possibility of using ROSIN FTPs to finance maintenance was discussed.

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