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We prefer asynchronous to synchronous communication when ever possible. This ensures that all interested parties are able to find relevant information even when ideas and information are being exchanged across many timezones. When ever synchronous communication is happening, we encourage folks to make best efforts to transfer that information to an issue if relevant or send it to the project-octant group. This could be as plain text notes or a link to a recording or markdown document for example.

Weekly Community Meeting

We have a weekly Octant community meeting that is held live (recordings uploaded later). We highly encourage folks who are interested in contributing to Octant to attend these meetings. More details on the Octant community page.


The Octant project uses GitHub issues and pull requests as the primary method for communicating about what work needs to be done, what work is currently being done, who work is assigned to, and the current state of that work. With GitHub issues we use the ZenHub tool. ZenHub gives us another layer of metadata on top of GitHub issues that allow for visualizing work as being in various states and displaying columns for each state. We highly recommend that folks who intend to work on Octant familiarize themselves with ZenHub and GitHub issues.

A very helpful browser extension that will create a ZenHub tab on GitHub for you.

ZenHub Lanes

We use the different lanes in ZenHub to help organize our work. Below is some details about what each lane means.

  • New issues: new issues that are not triaged yet.
  • Unsorted: unsorted issues have been looked at, given labels, de-duped, and assigned to Epics.
  • Backlog: these issues are sorted and are next up to work on after the Sprint Backlog. (limit 20)
  • Sprint Backlog: issues here are the current items you can pull from to work on. (limit 20)
  • In Progress: issues here are being actively worked on.
  • Review/QA: issues here usually have a PR associated with them and are ready to be reviewed.
  • Done: (unused/skipped)
  • Epics: stores all of the current Epics to keep them from cluttering up the work lanes.
  • Closed: all issues that have been closed.


Authors are expected to include a changelog file with their pull requests. The changelog file should be a new file created in the changelogs/unreleased folder. The file should follow the naming convention of pr-username and the contents of the file should be your text for the changelog.

octant/changelogs/unreleased   <- folder
    000-username               <- file


If you wish to add a larger feature or make a major refactor to Octant we encourage folks to write up a proposal document. Though our process is not formal, the convention is to create a PR against Octant with your proposal as markdown in the proposals folder. Proposal reviews and feedback will happen on the the PR with the proposal.

octant/proposals       <- folder  <- file

In your proposal it is good to consider and include some of the following:

  • Goals
  • Non-Goals
  • Does this break any public APIs?
  • Does this fix/solve any outstanding issues?

DCO Sign off

All authors to the project retain copyright to their work. However, to ensure that they are only submitting work that they have rights to, we are requiring everyone to acknowledge this by signing their work.

Any copyright notices in this repo should specify the authors as "the Octant contributors".

To sign your work, just add a line like this at the end of your commit message:

Signed-off-by: Wayne Witzel III <>

This can easily be done with the --signoff option to git commit.

By doing this you state that you can certify the following (from

Developer Certificate of Origin
Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
1 Letterman Drive
Suite D4700
San Francisco, CA, 94129

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
    have the right to submit it under the open source license
    indicated in the file; or

(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
    of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
    license and I have the right under that license to submit that
    work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
    by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
    permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
    in the file; or

(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
    person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
    are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
    personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
    maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
    this project or the open source license(s) involved.
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