Left to right: Phil Locke, Robert Deutz, Alice Grevet, Jacques Rentzke, Javier Gómez, Marijke Stuivenberg, Andy Tarr, Ryan Ozimek, Dianne Henning. Attending JAB but not in the photo: Paul Orwig
From May 6 - 8 in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, 220 Joomla! community members gathered at the unforgettable JandBeyond conference. Among them were 10 members of the Board of Open Source Matters (OSM). We came as community members to connect, network, and meet again or for the first time many of the people who make the Joomla! Open Source project such an exciting place to be.
The large turnout of OSM members allowed us to share experiences and goals as a group with the attendees, and to talk as a group about impressions and lessons learned from this event. I think everyone will agree that JandBeyond was an invaluable experience in every way!
A high point for all of us was standing together during Ryan's well-attended "State of OSM" session. After he presented achievements from the past year, various members shared OSM goals for 2011.
The goals included increased revenue sources, a new online shop, trademark team streamlining and improvements, upcoming conferences, a Joomla! Supporters club, PR and awareness initiatives, and the simplification and documentation of processes. The presentation was followed by questions from the community about revenue spending and leadership dynamics.
The following is a summary of the question and answer time:
Community: What is the purpose of raising money? What are the plans for that money?
OSM: We want a cushion so that when good ideas come up we will be able to respond in a timely manner. We want to be able to enact good ideas coming out of the community.
Community: Some ideas for the spending of increased revenue:
A Summer of Code funded by Joomla
Getting all of OSM, CLT, and PLT together in one place for the world community to talk about the goals of Joomla
Pay a consulting firm to do an analysis for security and performance
Give a portion of surplus to charity. (OSM: We donated money to SFLC this year)
Do a targeted prize contest with specific requirements with a cash prize to the winner
Community: Would you consider contracting paid development work again?
OSM: We would not do it the way it was done before. If we do consider it again, it would be only for a very specific task.
Community: Congratulations on your structure and leadership but who is going to influence the other parts of the leadership?
OSM: We can use leadership by example. There are processes being put into place that give opportunities to understand, influence and encourage. There will also be a joint summit in July.
Community: There is a perception that OSM can give active guidance.
OSM: It’s not OSM’s role to be the teacher and the others to be students. We can only lead by example. The theme of the weekend is community. The community has to come together and work together.
Community: The community feels excluded.
OSM: The leadership is working on getting better communications and clearer channels.
Community: OSM went through organizational training but what about the other teams? Did they get anything from that? It should be that if you are going to be a part of the leadership then you should have professional development.
OSM: OSM was fortunate to be offered a training opportunity. Gunner will be working with leadership skills at the summits.
Community: The way the groups are growing is positive because it spreads out the work and reduces the perception of cronyism. It would be good to see that happening with the CoC.
A common theme that we all came away with was appreciating the chance to interact with so many community members and to listen and be heard.
It was a privilege also to have Louis Landry attend from the Production Leadership Team (PLT). He made himself available to talk at length with many attendees. Peter Martin and Paul Orwig represented the Community Leadership Team (CLT), making a total of 12 leaders present at JAB. There was much positive feedback about interaction between the community and the leadership throughout the weekend.
An energizing spirit of innovation, passion, communication and respect characterized this event.
Hi everyone. Now that version 1.6.3 is released, the development focus for Joomla can shift gears and we can focus on new features for version 1.7. This is a very exciting time for the project, and the Production Leadership Team (PLT) thought it would be helpful to outline our ideas about the process for adding new features.
We realize that unveiling our 2011 budget in April of 2011 doesn’t exceed expectations in the timeliness category. Even though this has much taken longer than we wanted, the good news is that some new planning and budgeting processes have been put into place that will enable more inclusive and collaborative efforts moving forward, as well as enabling improved goal setting and planning among each of the Joomla! project’s leadership teams.
A collaborative effort
One element of these new processes consisted of forming a budget committee from members of the Production Leadership Team (Chris Davenport), the Community Leadership Team (Wendy Robinson and Matt Lipscomb) and the board of Open Source Matters (Phil Locke and Paul Orwig). This committee has been working together over a period of months to integrate each of the leadership team's revenue generating estimates and funding requests into a budget that is intended to help support the goals of each leadership team and continue to strengthen the Joomla! project’s overall financial position.
Goal setting included as part of planning process
Another new aspect of the budget process involved asking members of the Production Leadership Team (PLT), Community Leadership Team (CLT), and Open Source Matters (OSM) to each put some effort into planning their goals and priorities for 2011, as a predecessor to help them focus on what resources (financial and other) would be needed to achieve those goals. This planning effort has the following benefits:
Allows our budget to be a more effective tool for supporting the project's planned priorities for the upcoming year.
Allows each leadership team to better understand what the other leadership teams are planning to work on, which will improve inter-team collaboration and support.
Allows the community to be aware of goals and priorities for the upcoming year, which will improve transparency and openness and enable increased support and volunteer contributions.
Will make it easier to bring in more sponsorship contributions, due to prospective sponsors having a better understanding about what initiatives their contributions will be supporting.
Once the community feedback period has closed, the following next steps will be taken to complete the formal approval of the 2011 budget:
PLT, CLT, and OSM will review community feedback and offer suggestions.
The budget committee will potentially revise the budget based on step 1.
PLT, CLT, and OSM will review revised budget.
OSM will formally review and (if acceptable) approve the budget.
2011 budget will be published, along with PLT, CLT, and OSM goals for 2011.
Open Source Matters (OSM) is pleased to announce the April 2011 call for board member nominees.
OSM is entrusted with providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! project. You can find out more about the organization at http://opensourcematters.org. In November 2010, OSM decided to create guidelines for nominating new board members and published those guidelineshere. One of the decisions made was to hold nominations, if needed, every April and October.
Today marks the start of the April 2011 nomination period and we are looking for your nominations for a new OSM board member. Separately, we are also looking for a person to serve in an important non-board member role as well.
We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla! community can help us a great deal in this election process, and make us aware of potential qualified candidates.
We are looking for one new board member to fill a critical role on the board:
Assistant Treasurer: OSM is looking for someone with accounting or booking experience. They will be responsible for helping our current Treasurer ensure that all verify expenditures are explained, prepare budget and maintain financial records.
I look back at the Joomla project's more than five years of history as something that could be the makings of either a great book or at minimum a documentary on success and challenges in open source leadership. We've been through it all, the highs and lows, and we continue to keep moving forward.
So when I sat down last week to make some changes to my presentation for Open Source Days 2011 at the Copenhagen Business School, it quickly moved from a little refactoring to a full rewrite. A ten hour rewrite.
The topic for the session was something I'd always wanted to write about for the open source community: leadership lessons learned from a large volunteer-based open source project. While I've only been president of Open Source Matters (OSM) for less than a year, I've spent nearly four years on the Board of OSM, and have my share of stories to tell.
My goal for this March 5, 2011, session was to give fellow open source project leaders a grab bag of success stories, pitfalls to avoid, and an uplifting approach to embracing change.