Governance of a project

Coordinator
Oct 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Open Source guru, project mentor and sometime contributor to these forums Ross Gardler recently wrote three blog posts for Outercurve on the topic of project leadership and governance, and I thought they might be of general interest. These posts are designed to explain why a formal model is needed:

http://www.outercurve.org/Blogs/EntryId/55/Guest-post-Open-Development-by-Ross-Gardler

A description of one extreme form of model, the centralized benevolent dictator model:

http://www.outercurve.org/Blogs/EntryId/57/The-Benevolent-Dictator-Governance-Model-Guest-Blogger-Ross-Gardler

A description of the opposite extreme, the distributed meritocratic model:

http://www.outercurve.org/Blogs/EntryId/67/Meritocratic-Governance-Models-by-guest-blogger-Ross-Gardler

While these posts deliberately set out to describe extremes, the governance model of any project will guide its participants towards a middle ground suited to the project goals and the personalities involved.

Food for thought,

Simon