SIGs, projects, and leadership

Vladimir Kosovac vnk at
Mon Nov 19 03:29:59 UTC 2007

Vladimir Kosovac wrote:
> Karsten Wade wrote:
>> What next?
>> A. Revitalize the Docs Project leadership, hold elections, and keep
>> things moving
> I'm with Karsten on this one.
> Documentation Project grew over time to a pretty complex entity with a
> lot of moving parts. It's not getting simpler, either. To have any
> chance of being successful, it needs to be managed like a project.
> I think I also understand where is Paul Frields coming from but I don't
> agree that it's time to give up. Instead, let's do what procedurally
> needs to be done - announce and hold elections and see how can we move on.
> Few ideas that come to mind, in a not so coherent shape:
> Before the results are in (very important!) get together all
> contributors who are, depending on the state of the individual activity
> over the past year, happy to extend/renew their commitment to writing
> content. I shall be the first one to pledge this commitment (renew option).
> The other important thing that we seem lacking is a way of measuring
> accountability. I realise we are all volunteers with a variety of other,
> more pressing commitments in our lives and that it is extremely
> difficult to enforce this. But I am also pretty sure that every single
> one of us had at least a vague idea of what are we getting ourselves into,
when signing-up with the docs project.

**Thats how it was supposed to read **

> It's only fair to establish this in some way. Project leaders cannot be
> the only individuals with accountability attached to their roles.
> Then, to make project leader's life bearable, do what FDSCo page says:
> "As roles are defined in the process documentation, the chair will
> delegate various roles to the members of the FDSCo to manage."
> Share the burden, guys, then do the similar down the hierarchy ladder in
> your assigned areas.
> Try to set the milestones for every written bit, not only stuff that's
> closely tied to $release. Do this with DUG, SAG, everything.
> It shouldn't be too hard to get some momentum going, though - stuff is
> in a good shape, just needs a little bit more effort from all of us.
> Vladimir
>> ... or ...
>> B. Reduce complexity and scope of leadership to focus on a SIG and just
>> getting stuff done
>> I've been trying to find my way back to A, and if that is our consensus,
>> I'll work harder at making it happen.
>> thx - Karsten
>> [1]

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