[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] Discussion for Motion: Committee bi-monthly reports

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 12:52:39 PDT 2015

Hi Maxi,
I agree that it is difficult for a board member to be across all osgeo 
lists, and everything osgeo is doing, but we should question whether the 
board needs to be across everything in the first place?

This is a "Cathederal and Bazaar" [1] question, or hierarchy versus 
grass roots question.
In a hierarchy, workers defer to the boss to make the decisions. In the 
grass roots, workers (who are closer to the problems) make decisions, 
occasionally calling for help from management to add political weight to 
an argument.

I suggest that we trust our volunteers to know when they need to ask for 
the board's help, possibly going as far as offering help if needed. If 
you look back through OSGeo history I think you will find that prior 
reporting efforts eventually died off due to lack of volunteer motivation.

If you like, maybe reword your motion to:
"One week before the board meeting, the board will ask committees if 
there is anything they would like to add to the board's agenda and get 
the board's help."

[1] http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/

On 20/10/2015 12:57 am, Massimiliano Cannata wrote:
> Dear Broad,
> I was discussing this idea with Jachym and Venka some time ago and now 
> I would like to make my motion to the board in the next meeting, so I 
> want to start this discussion.
> Board members cannot be subscribed to all the existing mailing lists 
> and be informed on every things is going on but to take some decision 
> a wide overview is required. At the same time committee's chair has 
> the role of leading the work group and organize discussions.
> So the motion I would like to do is:
> "Every committee chair have to report the main activities and actions 
> to the board at least every two months. The non submission of two 
> consecutive reports is an index of committee inactivity and lead to 
> the board discussion on need of replacing the chair and verify if the 
> committee has still sense or shall be withdrawn."
> Please add your comments before of the next board meeting.
> Best,
> Maxi
> -- 
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