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From Benson Margulies <bimargul...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Clear expectations
Date Mon, 12 Jan 2015 03:18:04 GMT
Does it help anything to look at this, again, as failure modes?

One failure mode is a project that emerges from the incubator showing,
well, gross signs that it 'doesn't get it.'

Another failure mode is that a group of people who really do get it, at the
level of the broad principles, get into trouble trying to translate those
principles into very practical matters, due to conflicting sources of
authority and documentation.

Talking about one of these does not invalidate the other as a concern.

I have an complementary suggestion to Marvin's push for documentation. My
request is for a much clearer channel of communication to the board. All
too often, projects wind up communicating with individuals; some board
members, some not. Those individuals are in an unclear state of headware.
Board members are always free to express their personal gut reaction, but I
find that much confusion results from mistaking a gut reaction for an _ex
cathedra_ statement -- and, in the end, board members don't even own such
seats. Only the board together can issue a binding ruling. Since we're
talking IPMC here, perhaps the solution is for the VP to even more actively
take the role of 'bring your troubles to me, and I'll take them up with the
board if I can't settle it.'

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