The 2019 has been an exceptional year, with the introduction of the next generation of Gerrit Code Review v3 releases and the largest ever Gerrit User Summit in the whole history of 11 years of the project.
As a community we want to improve even further and make the project and the community even better. Collecting metrics has been key for the improvements of the Gerrit product and its performance and, similarly, collecting feedback from the community events is the key to grow and increase the participation and sharing of the experiences about Gerrit Code Review.
We have run a survey directed to all of those who have attended the two Gerrit User Summits this year, in Gothenburg and Sunnyvale. See below the executive summary of the results.
Did you achieve your objectives at the Summit?
All of the attendees achieved their objective, which were different for the people, depending on their position and role in the community.
- Getting the latest news of what’s happening in the Gerrit community and open-source product
- Meeting the existing members of the community and welcome new contributors
- Networking with the other Gerrit admin and users around the world
- Influencing with ideas the future Gerrit roadmap
Overall, how would you rate the event?
Over 76% of the people rated the event very good or excellent. However, as we strive for improvement, there is a substantial 24% of of people that are looking for a better event next year.
What did you like/dislike?
The positives of the event have been:
- Presentation of the Gerrit roadmap and associated discussions
- Successful mix of topics, including Zuul and JGit
- People, atmosphere, friendship and networking
- High quality of the talks and content
The not so positive sides where:
- The summit covering the weekend
- Too focused on Gerrit contributors and admins, no space for users
- There was too much people for the chosen location
- The talks and discussions went over the planned schedule
How organized was the event?
89% of the people considered the event very well organized, whilst 11% are looking for improvement, possibly with a bigger venue and better timing.
What topics would you like to see covered next year?
- Evolution of the User-Interface, roundtable with developers, user-journeys
- Migration talks and discussions
- CI/CD integration
- Load testing
- GitHub integration and pull-requests
- Gerrit with large clusters
- User-stories on using Gerrit
Would you like to have a workshop next year?
The vast majority of people would like the next year event to be more informative, including a workshop for learning some of the features of Gerrit Code Review.
What would be the best time for the Summit next year?
For the majority of people (75%) the best time for next year event would be two days during the week, rather than having it again over the weekend.
Thanks everyone again for attending the Gerrit User Summit 2019 in Gothenburg and Sunnyvale, and thanks to GerritForge, Volvo Cars and Google for sponsoring it. We are looking forward to seeing you next year.
Luca Milanesio (GerritForge)
Gerrit Code Review Maintainer, Release Manager and ESC Member.