[Osmf-talk] OSMF organizational change: Management Team

Nic Roets nroets at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 14:17:49 UTC 2011

My 2-cents worth:

If you have one single manager, his going to get so much criticism
that he's going to quit within a week.

There is very little overlap between many of the activities of the
OSMF (Online services, SoTM, license & legal, other). Licensing need
not coordinate their changes with the activities. The only overlap
between online services and SoTM that I see is that they compete a
little bit for the same budget. Even within Online services there are
things like wiki, help and mailing lists that can be operated quite
separately from the rails port.

So try to separate the activities. Try to get a responsible person for
each of them and give him/her a mandate to do a long list of things.
Then those individuals will take greater responsibility.

Then the board can effectively answer the big picture questions: Is
online services more cost effective at building the community than
SoTM ? Then give them more money. Who is doing a good job and who
isn't ?

(And please don't try to write a long definition of every activity).


On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 6:32 PM, Henk Hoff <henk.hoff at osmfoundation.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'd like to inform you about an organizational change within the OSM
> Foundation the Board has decided on.
> In their last face-2-face meeting, the Board has (amongst others)
> discussed what their current role in the Foundation is and what it
> should be. During that discussion the board realized much of their
> time was taken by day-to-day trouble-shooting issues, rather than
> dealing with strategic decision-making subjects.
> This let to a decision to separate the day-to-day business from the
> decision-making process. A new Management Team will be placed between
> the Working Groups and the Board. It wil function as a coordinator
> between Working Groups. Handling things that involve multiple Working
> Groups, but also identify the need for new Working Groups.
> The Board is still ultimately responsible. It will delegate some task
> to the Management Team. However, all major issues needs approval by
> the Board.
> The Management Team is formed by the chairs of the Working Groups and
> the officers of the Board. Although there have already been some
> meetings of the Management Team, the Board and the Management Team are
> still working on the right procedures.
> The Board feels this organizational change will help the ever growing
> Foundation function better.
> You can find the minutes of the Management Team on the OSMF website:
> http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Management_Team
> Hope to see you all at State of the Map!
> Happy mapping.
> Henk Hoff
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