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Kubernetes Steering Committee Charter

This document outlines the mission, scope, and objectives of the Kubernetes steering committee.


The role of the steering committee is to instantiate the formal process for Kubernetes governance. In addition to defining the governance process, it is important to provide a means for iterating on processes defined by the steering committee. The role of the steering committee is to be a live, responsive body that can refactor and reform as necessary to adapt to a changing project and community.

Scope and Objectives

The Steering Committee has a set of rights and responsibilities including the following:

  • Decide which project subgroups are responsible for each area of the project and to delegate appropriate authority those groups.
  • Define, evolve, and defend the vision, values, mission, and scope of the project.
  • Charter and refine policy for defining new community groups (including Special Interest Groups, Working Groups, and Committees), and establish transparency and accountability policies for such groups
  • Define, evolve, and defend a Code of Conduct, which must include a neutral, unbiased process for resolving conflicts
  • Define and evolve project governance structures and policies, including how contributors become committers/maintainers, approvers, reviewers, members, etc.
  • Decide, for the purpose of elections, who is a member of standing of the Kubernetes project, and what privileges that entails
  • Decide which sub-projects are part of the Kubernetes project, including accepting new sub-projects and pruning existing sub-projects to maintain community focus
  • Decide how and when official releases of Kubernetes artifacts are made and what they include
  • Control access to, establish processes regarding, and provide a final escalation path for any Kubernetes repository, which currently includes all repositories under the github organizations kubernetes, kubernetes-incubator, kubernetes-security, kubernetes-client, etc. and is expected to expand in the future
  • Control and delegate access to and establish processes regarding other project resources/assets, including artifact repositories, build and test infrastructure, web sites and their domains, blogs, social-media accounts, etc.
  • Define what a conformant Kubernetes cluster is as part of any certification process
  • Manage the Kubernetes brand to decide which things can be called “Kubernetes” and how that mark can be used in relation to other efforts or vendors.
  • Declare a release, so that the committee can ensure quality/feature/other requirements are met.
  • Request funds and other support from the CNCF (e.g. marketing, press, etc.)