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