[OSGeo-Discuss] Code Sprint: How Much?

Jody Garnett jgarnett at refractions.net
Tue Oct 7 22:07:56 PDT 2008

I would go for 3 days - it worked out well for the GeoTools community. 
Three days is enough time to effect change; but not so much time you get 
bogged down.

I did find timing of a sprint right after FOSS4G to be a bit of a 
trouble for some (in addition to being tired ) reports this year 
indicate that sprints were hampered by the occasional hangover (no doubt 
due to wish others a good trip home the night before).


Paul Ramsey wrote:
> Everyone loves a good code sprint... or do they?
> 2007 brought you the one-day sprint (with the GeoToolsers and uDiggers
> going for an extended weekend sprint).
> 2008 brings you another day.
> 2009 is still thinking about it.
> How much sprinting would you do? 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 days?
> I am wondering if the right way to handle the sprints is to turn them
> from something the conference quietly subsidizes to something that
> OSGeo pays for directly.  That way the conference organizers don't
> feel like they are having it taken out of their hide, and it can be as
> long as people like. Also, it fits directly into the OSGeo mission of
> promoting the development of the software.
> Book-keeping-wise it's a left-pocket-to-right-pocket transaction for
> OSGeo, but from a authority and decision making PoV it removes the
> issue from the plate of the conference team and puts it into the hands
> of the software promoting team (whomever they may be).
> Paul
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