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Re: [board-discuss] Design team leads


Hi Mirek,

On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 05:56:35PM +0200, Mirek M. wrote:
Astron told me that the idea to have positions within the design team was
not well-received and that I should discuss it with you. What do you find
problematic about having positions within the team?

To be clear, leads would be there to make sure that things get done, that
the process by which they get done produces the best results, and to
resolve controversial issues if they arise.

as others have aleady expressed, electing such titles and granting them on
extended timeframes has historically proven to be a hazard.

I believe in "With great power comes great responsibility", or corollary: power
should always be based on current resposibilities.

To give you an example, Ubuntu has the concept of a patch pilot:

 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment/CodeReviews#Patch_Pilots

whos prime responsibility is to welcome newcomers over a certain timeframe (a
day/a week). There is a natural authority derived from those doing duty on
those, without any need for granting titles or elections. It also usually keeps
those most involved with growing and progressing the team by doing onboarding
work -- which admittedly often is not the most attractive task -- in high
regard and prevents "title-envy" as everyone knows the work attached to the
authority.

Now, I dont know if and how that can be translated to the design team. One
(likely stupid) idea would be to have an email alias for onboarding newcomers
and anyone decently skilled(*) can join that alias and help newcomers asking
questions to it. In general, if things are not completely broken in the
project, those who do the most work there in helping others should naturally
grow authority in the design project. Then again, the same thing should work on
a mailing list -- but a onboarding mail alias _might_ make more obvious who is
doing most in onboarding newcomers and who is mostly following his or her own
agenda(**).

Just my two eurocents -- I admittedly dont have to deep an insight into the design
team structure.

Best,

Bjoern

(*) use common sense here, like for direct commit access for developers
(**) which might be perfectly fine, but isnt the best prerequisite for
     leadership work

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