Re: Reducing the board size

On Thu, 2005-10-27 at 00:43 +0200, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> Consensus and execution become crippling problems because no director has a
> responsibility to the organisation to push it forward (by either dropping an
> issue for that term or executing it).

Changing the number of people on the board would clearly not affect

What might change it?

Some suggestions...

[1] specific named positions, such as
    "external conference liaison",
    "press release distribution",
    "outreach, arranging talks and presence at conferences",
    "booth management"

[2] in the absence of volunteers, have a bot that "picks a victim",
    with the rule you can't refuse 3 times in any one call

[3] appoint one person of the board with the sole responsibility to
    help others to get things done

[4] lower people's expectations of how much a Foundation Board can
    actually get done, and live with it

[5] confiscate everyone's shoes.
    OK, this one might not help much.

In other words, people not getting things done is not about the
number of people, it's about the lack of process and/or infrastructure
to help them get those things done.


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C,
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"bare feet are best" - Frank Herbert/Dune.

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