This project is developed and released by Red Hat with assistance from the Java developer community. The project lead is appointed by Red Hat, and has the power to accept and reject contributions to the project and set the roadmap. Red Hat employees assigned to work on this project as well as community contributors, in this regard, all answer to the project lead.
The requirements and roadmap for this project are driven by Red Hat and by the community. Typically, when a major release is being planned, the project lead will take input from both Red Hat and the community, and evaluate what can be done in the necessary time. This will define what features will be addressed in a given release. The project lead will then publish the roadmap on the developer mailing list, and update the version information in JIRA.
OptaPlanner is the basis for the commercial (yet open source) BRMS and BPM Suite products, so many requirements for this project come from its users. However, all requirements are fed into the same community process that our community users follow. We create JIRAs for all feature requests on our schedule.
The best way for you to suggest requirements for a future release of this project is to enter a feature request in JIRA. Lobbying for features using the voting feature in JIRA, and posting to the community forum, is a great way to express interest as well. Although, contributing is the single most expedient way to get a capability into a particular release.
This project welcomes, thrives on and greatly values community contribution. Please fork the source code and submit a Pull Request.