[Board] Collating status reports

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 12:18:15 PST 2013

On 17/01/2013 1:00 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi Cameron,
> Bringing this to the Board list.  My comments are inline below:
> On 13-01-16 1:44 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Jeff,
>> I think it might have been you who came up with the good idea of
>> providing board status reports to our discuss list?
>> I can see it is an item on our upcoming board meeting agenda.
> Yes I think this will be a nice addition to each meeting, a followup
> summary of each meeting to the Discuss list.  I don't mind doing this at
> all.
>> What I'd like to suggest, if you are willing, is that the status report
>> take the shape of a "President's report". Commenting on the current
>> state of OSGeo is something you do well. I note that you often provide
>> tidbits of positive encouragement for activities which have come about,
>> and it is usually responded to with a "thanks for the recognition". I'd
>> imaging that a good style for a President's report would be to continue
>> in your positive "tidbit encouragement" style, but slightly expanded to
>> include the discussions of the last board meeting.
>> What do you say?
>> (You are welcome to reply to this email publicly if you wish).
> I like this idea, but we'd have to ask for monthly reports from each
> Committee Chair.  I like this idea, but I'd like to hear the opinions of
> other community members if I should try to track down reports from all
> committees each month.
> Thoughts everyone?
We suggestion was just that you provide a report based on what you know 
about board activities, which will typically be a summary of the board 
meeting, and possibly also the board email lists over the last month.
Including information about all OSGeo committees would be a much bigger 
task, primarily because you'd need to extract information from someone, 
and getting people to write reports is hard work, and often not very 
successful. I find that people write well when they have an itch to 
scratch. If they have a story they want to tell, which usually doesn't 
line up with a specific milestone. And I think we will find people will 
prefer to write for themselves rather than write to be included in 
someone else's report.

Cameron Shorter
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