FUDCon:Toronto 2009 Infrastructure Panel

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Panel Discussion: Developers and System Admins: Working Together

Developers and System Administrators have different priorities. In Fedora Infrastructure we have a surprisingly balanced number of system admins and developers. Sharing how we work together to create better software is a valuable thing to share with the community. Sharing how we currently fail can open us up to doing better next time and let others share their experiences with our problems.

Participants

  • mmcgrath
  • smooge
  • dgilmore
  • skvidal
  • abadger1999
  • mdomsch
  • lmacken
  • J5

Discussion

The general topic here is how we work together as a team in Fedora Infrastructure and also how we fail to work together as a team. Specific topics will largely be driven by the audience. We'll let them ask questions and we can each give answers in a free-form manner. If there's not a plethora of questions, I'll pull topics and questions off of the following list to discuss.

  • What are some of the things you've had conflicts about?
  • How have you mitigated those problems for the future?
  • What kind of processes do you/could you have to identify pain points and fix them?
  • What are your major goals as a system administrator?
  • What are your major goals as a developer?
  • How do you reconcile those goals?
  • Who makes the final decisions in Fedora Infrastructure?
  • What are some of the trade offs you make to work with developers/system administrators?
  • What are some of the benefits of having such a mixed workforce?
  • If you're a developer, do you get input from the system admins when designing your application?
  • If you're a sys admin, do you consult your programmers about things they will be needing in the near future?
  • What's your least favorite thing to hear a developer/system admin say?
  • What things do you do to promote communication between sys admins and developers?