What do we want to achieve by explicit code ownership?
- Integrity of the Design: The owner is responsible for a solid extensible design.
- People other than the owner can make bug fixes, but please let the owner know
- Dont make design-breaking changes without letting the owner know
- Typically there is a single owner for each functionality. Multiple "two-in-a-box" owners are only possible if they work very closely together
- There may be a backup person for an owner, in case the owner is out-of-office.
- Timely Bug Triage: The owner is responsible for reviewing (and probably reassigning) bugs of his area in a timely fashion
- Helps dispatching new bugs to component owners first
- Ownership can be for functionality that spans multiple packages (If functionality is seen by user as a single entity)
- Credit for Quality through Visibility
- Owners of a component should be publicly visible, so they can get the credit for good work
- Ownership of Copyright and IP issues
- Component owners are responsible for keeping the IP of their component clean.
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