[Osmf-talk] Mike's open letter
oliver at osmfoundation.org
Thu Oct 30 13:44:02 UTC 2014
thank you very much for your open words and an honest, personal opinion.
I assume the happiness ratio will vary from person to person... I
support your view that OSMF needs to grow up (I don't mean implementing
processes of 1.000+ employees organization) and focus on the human factor.
Am 30.10.2014 um 13:55 schrieb Michael Collinson:
> "This post has a self-certified minimum 2:1 happiness ratio".
> This is my summary, a kind-a open letter to the next board and, (at
> the bottom), an acknowledgement of my own role in the crisis that OSMF
> members perceive and what I plan. It is cut down from a number of
> separate emails I had intended making, so I hope it is understandable.
> Here goes ...
> The OSMF has a a crisis of success. We have roughly 25 volunteers
> doing 50 substantial already-recognised "jobs" or repeating tasks
> within OSMF. And that is is just the ones that were recognised some
> time ago. This has not fundamentally changed in the last 3 years,
> (one board cycle). But OSMF membership is modestly bigger, the number
> of OSM registered users has gone up by 4, the size of the database is
> up by about 2.5, the folks actually using our maps/data for something
> is exploding, and so on and so on.
> It is my strong contention that all our current woes stem from this
> one factor. Here are my conclusions from that analysis and reading as
> much as I can of your mailing list contributions, reading private
> emails and talking to folks. I believe I am being supportive of the
> next board and not contradicting the platforms of any our new board
> candidates, (thank you all for running!).
> *What I ask OSMF members to accept
> *o We have basically made sure that the OSMF "supports but does not
> control" by saying that it should do everything on a shoestring,
> (English idiom = tiny budget), therefore ensuring it does not turn
> into a monster. That time is past. It is time for OSMF to raise
> larger amounts of money and do things with it ... with OSMF members
> helping in the process of doing that responsibly.
> *Want I ask the new board to do that costs $$
> *o Commit to a face-to-face meeting.
> o Work with the HOT board, (they have shared some of our issues and
> they have experience on facilitated meetings), and arrange at least
> one facilitated meeting.
> o Hire a part-time coordinator. Again, HOT can advise.
> *What I am going to do
> *:-( I am Management Team chair, License Working Group chair and a
> sort of backup membership secretary. I am doing an increasingly
> ineffective job. This is unhelpful to the board, to OSMF members and
> to the project at large. I have also been at it since at least
> September 2007, am losing motivation and also going to be involved
> body and soul with a hot Swedish start-up. I also have a small,
> enjoyable, happy job creating new mailing lists ... usually milestones
> that a new community is getting going somewhere in the world. But
> someone else can equally enjoy that too. So, I am going at least
> freeze my actvity as MT chair and relinquish all the other roles.
> :-) I am unilaterally starting an experimental project called "Do What
> I Want To Do". The basic concept is to create an environment where
> more folks want to and can do things for the Foundation on a regular
> or semi-regular basis. The environment will include things from
> diversity policy and smoothing the way for folks outside Europe/US to
> mundane things like how install and maintain software needed to do a
> specific task.
> There will also be Jobs offered /wanted wiki pages. "Jobs wanted":
> Get people into the OSMF structure who want to do/achieve specific
> things defined by them. "Jobs offered": Break down things that need
> doing into smaller units than we do now and recruit folks who can do
> them and will enjoy doing them.
> My personal goal is to increase the number of folks involved with
> OSMF-related work in some way from 25 to 75 by the end of 2015. As
> this also needs to be something that I personally want to to, I will
> be doing it to suit me, i.e. in fits and bursts. I hope to get some
> basic wiki pages and an introduction made to the main talk list by end
> Happy Mapping to all,
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