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Hi Simon,

On 03/06/2022 10:59, Simon Phipps wrote:

On Fri, Jun 3, 2022 at 7:51 AM Ilmari Lauhakangas <> wrote:

    Tendering and in-house development are not interchangeable, but
    they are
    interlinked. Keep in mind that the in-house devs would participate in
    running tenders.

Another valuable role for an in-house developer would be to manage a more long-term relationship with specialist subcontractors, for example a company with expertise in accessibility development. With a longer-term expert subcontractor, TDF could then actually develop new capabilities rather than simply fix bugs and stand still like AOO. By adding to our list of approaches a managed but non-employee longer-term relationship with outside firms that is not limited to a single task, TDF would be able to both benefit from the flexibility of tendering and also gain the benefit of long-term staffing.

You may have missed that my proposal already mentions something about it in page 9:

"Their general role will be to fix bugs and features in full, fixing bugs that are blockers for community contributors and to help evaluating which complex tasks should be tackled by external specialists."

It was an excellent idea to make the document editable, thanks Kendy, so I have added some words to this effect. Feel free to improve them!

Another reason why I did not want to share my proposal open for editing to anyone is that it might happen that someone writes something that should not be written in a public document.

Stating the name of a supplier and the way we would want to engage with them could reduce our bargaining power to get the best deal for TDF.

We will publish public tenders open to all ensuring that there will be a level playing field so that any organisation will be able to participate.

*Simon Phipps*
/TDF Trustee/



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