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About the severity to overrule the ESC we are on the same side, a board should think twice or even 
more if doing so. 

But without clarification these two sentences set the expectations that an ESC have a blocking 
decision which is in fact wrong as you say by your own. And in such a case to lean on exchanging 
the ESC afterwards is a questionable move then, isn‘t it?

So lets discuss on Friday as it is already on the board meeting agenda. Perhaps with a little 
clarification as I proposed we could improve this text of the procedure.


Von meinem iPhone gesendet

Am 10.01.2022 um 16:16 schrieb Michael Meeks <>:

On 09/01/2022 17:27, Lothar K. Becker wrote:
Both sentences imply that the ESC have in praxis a blocking veto, independent of the decision by 
a board, for both procedures.

   In general, I think it is wise when (re-)starting an engineering project to get input from the 
engineering community who are represented in the ESC.

   Of course, the board is not obliged to do so, and it also appoints the ESC itself. If 
necessary it can stack it with yes-people.

   However, I would really suggest that making engineering decisions against the advice of the 
leaders of the teams that do the work is something that should give very serious pause for 
thought & consideration by a board.

Or something like this. I am not sure if it is good to vote on it without clarification of this 
item in any case. What do you think?

   Clearly the board as the ultimately authority has many avenues to ensure its will is done: 
changing the policy, changing the ESC composition, etc.

   But as a general scheme of action for a peaceful and sensible approach to the problem, I think 
the policy as proposed is fine.



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