Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Bring Lawrence Back

Generally speaking, the Eclipsezilla submission process has been pretty boring this year. Comments from the EclipseCon committee have been pretty minimal, if any. I see the odd "Please fix up the html tags in your abstract" comments; but other than that, not much.

By comparison, the process was pretty vibrant last year.

How do we solve this problem? Let's bring Lawrence Mandel back to the committee.

Lawrence, who served on the EclipseCon 2006 committee, was an Eclipsezilla ninja. He commented on submissions, asked for clarifications, provide thoughtful suggestions on how to improve the content and abstract of submissions, suggested merging of similar submissions and encouraged co-operation between submitters.

He did it all with the utmost tact and professionalism and his enthusiasm was contagious.

Under the 'Better Late than Never' category, I thank Lawrence for all his hard work on EclipseCon2006 and I hope he gets asked to reprise his role in the future.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well Wassim, I think it's safe to say that's the first time someone's blogged about me. And a flattering post at that. Thanks!

Although I think the EclipseCon 2006 program committee was very successful at delivering an interesting conference program, Eclipse decided to change things up this year and delegate the selection process to the project PMCs. While an interesting idea for managing the conference content I think you've hit on a drawback of using the PMCs in this way.

I think one of the key success factors of last year's program committee was that all of the members were volunteers. In volunteering all the members came to the committee wanting to be involved in the process and the decisions. (Although you've singled me out I must point out that many committee members took the time to comment on submissions.) In contrast, the members of this year's EclipseCon program committee (the PMCs) were assigned to the program committee and essentially had the program responsibility dumped on their already busy plates.

But, all is not lost. First of all, it's very early in the submission process. The long talk deadline is still 3 weeks away and I'd expect more comments as we approach it. Second, as you pointed out, the submission process is open this year as it was last year. There were many great comments from the community last year and I'd encourage anyone that wants to have a say to dig through the submissions and comment. Remember, no talk or tutorial presenter, abstract or comment is off limits.