[nbboard] Re: NetBeans Mission Statement

  • From: Jiří Kovalský < >
  • To:
  • Cc: Ashwin Rao < >
  • Subject: [nbboard] Re: NetBeans Mission Statement
  • Date: Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:11:36 +0200

Very good Tom! I have also read the statement multiple times and I really like that it talks about the tiny difference between NetBeans users and developers and calls for participation. Hopefully this term has a broader meaning to also include other types of participation like evangelism, testing, localization etc. not just contribution of source code, because own investment (no matter of what kind) strongly supports wider adoption of the product.

The only thing I miss in the statement is a few words about primary goal of the IDE - first class tooling for Java language - and primary goal of the RCP - first class framework for Java applications.

My two cents,
-Jirka

Dne 7.8.2011 04:46, Tom Wheeler napsal(a):

During the most recent NetBeans Governance Board meeting, I asked John
whether there was any update on a NetBeans mission statement.  This
relates to the May 24th meeting [1] in which I had noted I was unable
to find one to use as a foundation for writing the mission statement
for our governance board.  John said then that NetBeans did not have
one, but that he would talk to his PMs about creating one since Sven
and I both thought one would benefit the project.

During last week's meeting, John  marketing/product management team is
trying to come up with a marketing requirements document which will
provide details about important technologies and competing
technologies, and will probably not write a mission statement
specifically.  John explained what Oracle's goals were for NetBeans,
and while I can understand and appreciate them, I don't see that this
fulfills the need for a mission statement.  We had some discussion
about this in the board meeting, and John asked that I summarize my
points and send them to the board, cc'ing Ashwin Rao.  I am doing so
now.

In my view, a mission statement should succinctly state NetBeans'
purpose.  It should set expectations and guide what we do.  It should
transcend any short-term strategy or technology.  As an example, here
is the one I wrote which we adopted for the board:

     The NetBeans project aims to produce tools which bring
     significant value to the developers who use them. NetBeans
     is open source and its development takes place in the
     open. We do this because we're excited about NetBeans and
     we know that by making it widely available, more people
     will try it and this enthusiasm will spread. Our users
     are also developers, so they have unique insight for new
     features that will help to improve NetBeans. We recognize
     that we have a unique opportunity to transform passive
     users into an active community and we want to encourage
     this by constantly identifying and eliminating barriers
     that limit this participation. We're confident that the
     result will be a better, more innovative product used by
     a community who has an investment in its success.

Hopefully, you'll agree and see the value it offers.  I think NetBeans
should have a mission statement and I'd be happy for the board's
mission statement to serve as a guide for it.

[1] http://wiki.netbeans.org/GovernanceBoardNotes24May2011


[nbboard] NetBeans Mission Statement

Tom Wheeler 08/07/2011

[nbboard] Re: NetBeans Mission Statement

Jiří Kovalský 08/09/2011

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