For more detail on the groups below, including their Terms of Reference, see the ESMF Project Plan. This document is available via the Management link on the ESMF website navigation bar.
All Core Team members are responsible for helping to develop effective project processes and for following processes that are in place.
The Integrator is the lead tester. He or she is responsible for running regression tests, managing project computing accounts, preparing for releases, generating project metrics, and overseeing request and bug tracking.
The Core Team Manager is responsible for overseeing the overall development, and for coordinating the activities of multiple developers so that project schedules and priorities are achieved. Responsibilities include:
Code Advocates are Core Team members who have been assigned to interface with owners of a particular code e.g. CCSM, GEOS-5. Advocates are expected to contact the code owners and keep track of what and how they are doing. They should know the following things about their assigned code:
Code Advocates should do the following for their code:
Advocates are NOT responsible for:
All customers should send support requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should not call their Advocate or other developers. Dire emergencies are exempt from the no-phone rule. There are many good reason for doing this, including developer absences, group visibility and communication, and enabling developers to set priorities. If a customer really feels the need to talk with an Advocate or developer, they need to arrange for a date and time through the support list.
Handlers are developers assigned to fix a particular problem reported on one of the trackers (see 8.3 for list). They are expected to be sufficiently familiar with the issue and the code involved so as to not unnecessarily pester the customer with requests for information (e.g. the information is contained in previous tickets from the same customer). See section 4.5 for a complete list of Handlers activities in the support process.
Support Lead is a Core Team member who has been assigned the responsibility for monitoring customer relations and the quality of the customer support process. Specific duties include:
Collective public reviews and the intelligence and attentiveness of project staff are the two primary mechanisms for software quality assurance.
Requirements, design, code, and project documents such as plans are subject to public review. The purpose of the reviews is to look for models of good documentation, as well as inconsistencies, errors, inefficiencies, and areas for improvement. Reviews also increase coordination and awareness within the ESMF project.
The Integrator ensures that support requests and bugs are reported, tracked, and resolved, and that automated test and backup scripts are operating correctly.
The Core Team Manager works with team to ensure that documentation is sufficient, tracks consistency between documentation and source code before releases, and monitors conformance to coding and documentation standards. The Core Team Manager is also responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of the ESMF source code distribution overall, by leading the development, implementation and documentation of development, test, and release procedures.