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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Shepherds for podling reports
Date Wed, 02 May 2012 18:15:26 GMT
Sent from my mobile device, please forgive errors and brevity.
On May 2, 2012 5:57 PM, "Greg Stein" <> wrote:
> 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
> 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.

Hmmm... I see your point.

Maybe this is the wrong place to do this. I do think there is value in the
long term plan as expressed during the incubator reboot discussions. But
you make a strong argument as to why the shepherds process is the wrong
place to hang this particular goal.


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

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