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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: What is a good Project Management Committee?
Date Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:16:58 GMT
I have no position on how the PMC is established.  I have no skin in the game.  I do expect
that the manner of selection might need to be a demonstration that this project is self-governing
and that it fosters community.

I have no problem with whatever size PMC is chosen.

I am, nevertheless, uncomfortable with the suggestion that the current PPMC "can't be considered
as having the trust of the community."  I see no evidence of that.  

In particular, I don't see any particular problem that the self-selected initial committers
have created.  The conversation about the size of the PMC emerged from the PPMC itself.

Here's a little history:

Of the initial committers

 55 serve on the current PPMC (and all are committers)
 15 are committers only
 11 did not provide iCLAs and come on board

That PPMC has managed to support creation of the following, as of my last status report to
this list:

 36 additional committers were successfully invited.

 18 of those are also serving on the current PPMC.

There might have been more additional committers on the PPMC, but the PPMC has stopped inviting
new committers to also be on the PPMC.  I don't recall any individual originally invited to
be a committer to have later been invited to become a PPMC member.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrea Pescetti [] 
Sent: Saturday, September 15, 2012 15:08
Subject: Re: What is a good Project Management Committee?

On 07/09/2012 Andrew Rist wrote:
[ ... ]

The current PPMC, especially due to the bootstrapping phase that allowed 
a large number of "initial committers" to enter the project without 
demonstrating merit, can't be considered as having the trust of the 

> My Proposal for the next step in the PMC selection process:
> I suggest that each of us provide up to 10 names for the PMC. no
> spreadsheet - no voting - no '-1s' for now. Just an affirmative list of
> the 10 people you think should be doing the work of the PMC. ...
> We can use this to produce the next pass at the proposed PMC
> roster, hopefully a PMC of around 20 members.

This is a nice idea since it would guarantee that every PMC member is, 
directly or indirectly, trusted by the community, while still 
maintaining a manageable size for the PMC.

Of course, if we choose this way, then most of the current PPMC members 
won't be in the PMC; so it's important to guarantee that all volunteers 
can have a say in determining the future of the project; for example, 
the PMC would be committed to seeking consensus on ooo-dev rather than 
enforcing choices by using its binding votes. And the "rotation" idea 
from Rob makes sense too, if it can be implemented easily and with 
little impact on the project's governance continuity.


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