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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Shepherds for podling reports
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 16:57:20 GMT
On May 2, 2012 8:10 AM, "Ross Gardler" <> wrote:
> I don't imagine the "bucketing" to be enshrined in written process, or
> even be fixed. More of a convenience. We might do it by, for example,
> asking Shepherds to identify the projects they would *prefer* to
> shepherd and why. To continue my example above I might say "I have an
> interest in any social related podling so I would prefer to shepherd
> Wave which is one such project I'm not a mentor on". Someone else
> might say "I'm really interested in communications protocols and so I
> will shepherd Wave".
> I'm not suggesting formality, just a semblance of structure. I think
> the best way to proceed is to get out list of shepherds, do a couple
> of months and then discuss whether this proposed next step will add
> anything to the process. My goal is to have more cross-community
> awareness in the incubator projects as I've observed that those
> projects that have someone actively seeking relationships tend to
> build critical mass sooner. My proposed approach is only one thing
> that might help in this regard.

Stated interests, and cross-community awareness are at odds with each other.

The Board randomly assigns shepherds to the reports, *specifically* to
ensure Directors get a wider view of the org, and to avoid falling into
some kind of blinders/rut with reviewing the same project repeatedly.

(and no, I'm not volunteering; I read them all already, along with 40 more
reports... :-P)


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