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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject Re: incorrect terminology: lead developers
Date Tue, 11 Aug 2009 03:52:34 GMT

----- Original Message ----

> From: Greg Brown <>
> To:
> Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 11:34:35 PM
> Subject: Re: incorrect terminology: lead developers
> > Traditionally the "leadership" comes from the membership
> > of the Project Management Committee.  People tend to take
> > on a variety of roles within a project, some being more
> > leader-follower type roles and others revolving around a
> > small team that shares collective control over direction
> > of the project.  We tend to prefer the latter over the former.
> Of course. This inevitably produces a stronger end result.
> > Those micro-structures aren't formally recognized as they
> > tend to change over time and can be percieved as diminutive
> > to people occupying less leadership type roles.
> To me, it's not a question of formal recognition but de facto status (which may, 
> and is likely to, change over time).

As I said, spending time talking about project leaders tends to
make others on the project feel somehow less important, and we 
do like to keep our projects egalitarian.  That's why we often
push the PMC == committers idea, to keep the people who have the
right to work on a project the same set as the people who control
its direction.


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