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From "Mattmann, Chris A (388J)" <>
Subject Re: mentoring individuals as well as projects
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:19:24 GMT
+1, Marvin, I couldn't agree more.


On Feb 1, 2012, at 7:54 AM, Marvin Humphrey wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 01:54:18PM +0000, Ross Gardler wrote:
>> My point is that when we help guide individuals who demonstrate a
>> willingness to contribute those individuals often grow in capacity.
> There was a memorable post on another ASF list a few months ago which compared
> Apache's decentralized leadership model to that of military organizations and
> contrasted it with the stiff hierarchical model common in the corporate world.
> It linked to an article which studied the question of why "military service --
> particularly service in the crucible of combat -- is exceptionally effective
> at developing leaders."[1]  The article author's answer, in part:
>  Secondly, military leaders tend to hold high levels of responsibility and
>  authority at low levels of our organizations.
> Top level PMCs at Apache are largely autonomous, but when it comes to binding
> votes on releases, podlings are wholly dependent on IPMC members whose
> attentions often wander.  Our future PMC members do not "hold high levels of
> responsibility and authority at low levels of our organization" -- instead,
> projects have a boolean "graduated/not-graduated" property whereby podlings
> move from having no autonomy and mandatory supervision to having near-total
> autonomy and scant supervision after graduation.
> I believe that we would develop better future PMC members if PPMC members were
> encouraged to earn partial autonomy for their podlings by earning a binding
> vote for themselves.  Serving alongside Mentors encourages podling contributors
> to think like Mentors, exercising "servant leadership" and devolving
> responsibility within their own projects.
> Presently, we do not often take advantage of this opportunity to expand the
> "capacity" of these "individuals who demonstrate a willingness to contribute"
> within the "crucible" of incubation -- to our podlings' detriment and our own.
> Marvin Humphrey
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Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

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