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Test Management Task Force

From: Tobie Langel <tobie@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:52:55 +0100
To: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>, jet@mozilla.com, yfuna@tomo-digi.co.jp, Rebecca Hauck <rhauck@adobe.com>, Mclister Laurence <lmcliste@adobe.com>, Bob Lund <B.Lund@CableLabs.com>, peter.linss@hp.com
Cc: public-test-infra@w3.org
Message-ID: <55FF387DB32042E2A5E11DF973690670@w3.org>
Hi all,

I've set up a home for the Test Management Task Force[1].

This task force's role is to look at test management and see how we can improve and simplify through lighter process and better tooling.

Like all other testing task forces we'll be using the public-test-infra@w3.org (mailto:public-test-infra@w3.org) mailing list. If you haven't already, please sign-up for it[2].

As you're probably well aware by now, I'm a strong proponent of moving to a GitHub-based workflow[3] and building lightweight tooling on top of it[4].

This raises a number of issues:

1. Moving to GitHub represents a number of different risks. These risks need to be assessed and a mitigation strategy defined and its cost estimated.

2. Moving to GitHub also represents an upfront migration cost. For certain group, this is trivial and doesn't even need to be budgeted. For other, however, this migration might be costly and complex (I'm thinking mainly about the CSS WG with its Shepherd tool, here). First of all we must enquire to see if these groups are interested in migrating. If so we must define what feature set such groups need in a new system and estimate their cost. We must also define a migration strategy and estimate its costs.

I'll be preparing a document for the first point shortly and will enquire on the risk mitigation costs directly with W3C sys team.

I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on the second point, especially Peter's who is directly concerned.

Lastly, I've started digging two other tangentially related subjects, upstreaming and repo syncing with browser vendors, and handling test suites which have build steps (i18n, accessibility, WebIDL auto-generated tests, etc). Would you be happy to have this conversation within this task force or do you feel like we should create a dedicated task force for it?

Thanks for your input.


[1]: http://www.w3.org/wiki/Testing/Test_Management_TF
[2]: Just send an email to mailto:public-test-infra-request@w3.org

[3]: http://www.w3.org/wiki/Webapps/Submitting_tests

[4]: http://w3c.github.com/testing-task-forces/test-management-tooling.html
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