Sandbox process needs to evolve to support cross industry collaboation

Reitbauer, Alois



This email is a follow up of a conversation I started with dims.


I am asking you to rethink the current Sandbox process – mostly regarding speed. The idea of having a way to collaborate across organisations under a neutral foundation is key ideal of the CNCF. However, this is proving to get harder; mostly regarding the speed of acceptance.


Let me share an example. We have put together an industry consortium to define a common, vendor-neutral standard for feature flagging ( ) and brought together a consortium spanning key industry players and end users (see interested parties: ). We submitted for sandbox early this year and given the current backlog and progress on evaluating projects it is very likely that the project will get accepted until late this year.


Pulling these activities off, getting buy in form key stakeholder and driving momentum to move them forward is a major effort. A key part of proces is being able to operate under a neutral entry like the CNCF. If this process is taking a very long time, it has negative impact on these initiatives. People might lose interest, change roles or jobs, etc.


The sandbox process is an essential part of evolving the cloud native landscape, but it is broken and needs to evolve.


I am proposing to make this a continuous process; maybe involving TAGs (again), who can support handling to workload and defining a set of criteria allowing project to prepare for being accepted quickly. Just some ideas on criteria:

  • Obviously, the project being cloud native
  • Clear goals and roadmap
  • A community engagement plan.
  • A team/consortium that can the delivery on the project’s goals.


Immediate steps then should be to get the current backlog down and define a “service level” by when project should be able to expect a response.


I am willing to support on improving the process, if needed/wanted.



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