Announcing the closure of the CBGB

When we announced the Chef Board of Governance (CBGB) in late 2015, our aims were to:

  • Provide a forum for individuals, users, and companies to discuss the issues within the CBGB Scope.
  • Provide guidance and input to Leadership, and where possible, present a consistent and consolidated opinion from the broader Chef community.
  • Produce a formal, twice yearly report to the Leadership and broader Chef community of the status of and progress made in all areas under the purview of the CBGB.
  • Promote and support the use of Chef in a manner consistent with the Scope.

Over the past 24 months, we’ve found that the Chef community, assisted by the CBGB, has brought itself to a point where communication and feedback is much more robust and direct. A major change has been the increased accessibility and user friendliness of both Slack and Discourse compared to what we had previously, enabling more of our user base to get immediate support and to talk to more of us.

The RFC process has matured greatly in the past two years, and has seen a wide range of topics discussed, from how the community hugs each other, to management of community cookbooks, to defining how frequently Chef is released. The weekly meetings also provide space for community members to bring up concerns and showcase what’s being worked on.

It’s become clear to the CBGB that the original concerns have been mostly addressed, which gives us an opportunity to look forward.

The CBGB has not officially met since 2016 so is all but closed. We are now officially closing the CBGB.

Author Nathen Harvey

As the VP of Community Development at Chef, Nathen helps the community whip up an awesome ecosystem built around the Chef framework. Nathen also spends much of his time helping people learn about the practices, processes, and technologies that support DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Web-scale IT. Prior to joining Chef, Nathen spent a number of years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps.