[Osmf-talk] [OSM-talk] OSMF organizational change: Management Team

Andy Robinson (blackadder) blackadderajr at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 10:08:06 UTC 2011

Andy Allan [mailto:gravitystorm at gmail.com] wrote:
>Sent: 12 August 2011 9:58 AM
>To: Milo van der Linden
>Cc: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: Re: [Osmf-talk] [OSM-talk] OSMF organizational change:
>Management Team
>On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 9:14 PM, Milo van der Linden <milo at dogodigi.net>
>> Introducing a management team scares me. It sounds hierarchic. It
>> sounds if some people will try to become "more important" than others.
>> It sounds like traditional company structure, I think it doesn't fit
>> OSMF.
>To put another point of view forward, I think the Management Committee
>has a huge potential to improve the running of the OSMF. The key thing here
>revolves around oversight and elections. The Board members are elected and
>have ultimate responsibility for the running of the OSMF and the legal
>whatnots required. However, when you end up with the Board meeting every
>single week to discuss routine happenings, and when the Board is trying to
>(outside of the meetings) also get a whole load of routine stuff done, then
>you're asking a lot from the elected members and probably missing out on
>bigger picture. I for one wouldn't want to stand for election to the board
>was, but if the board now meets only a few times a year, and concentrates
>the big picture, then that's much better for everyone.
>The Management Committee has started as Board + WG reps, but I expect
>that to change over time. Some elected officers may not have the time to
>with the day-to-day nitty gritty and excuse themselves from the management
>committee - so much the better, since their most important role is in a
>position of oversight. Likewise it makes it easier for people to be on the
>Management Committee if they have the time to deal with the day-to-day
>stuff - in the past, if you had the time/skills to deal with it (say,
responding to
>external enquires) you couldn't be a board member without first getting
>elected and also having legal responsibility for all the big picture stuff
>tl;dr - the Board should only do what the Board *must* do, the other stuff
>best done by the Management Committee



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