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Friday, 25 November 2011 14:36

Joomla! Leadership - Bait and Switch

 
 
 
 
In lawmaking, "caption bills" that propose minor changes in law with simplistic titles (the bait) are introduced to the legislature with the ultimate objective of substantially changing the wording (the switch) at a later date in order to try to smooth the passage of a controversial or major amendment. Rule changes are also proposed (the bait) to meet legal requirements for public notice and mandated public hearings, then different rules are proposed at a final meeting (the switch), thus bypassing the objective of public notice and public discussion on the actual rules voted upon. While legal, the political objective is to get legislation or rules passed without anticipated negative community review.
  From Wikipedia - "Bait and Switch"
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They must, really!

In the FAQs section of the New York Charities Bureau, this Q & A is presented:

Q. Does the board have to keep minutes of its meetings?

A.  A corporation is obligated to keep, at the office of the corporation, correct and complete minutes of all meetings, including those conducted face to face and over the telephone, of its members, board and executive committee, if any.

Note: The emphasis is mine. The above FAQ is a simple summary of the New York Law which states:

§ 621. Books and records; right of inspection; prima facie evidence.

(a) Except as otherwise provided herein, every corporation shall keep, at the office of the corporation, correct and complete books and records of account and minutes of the proceedings of its members, board and executive committee, if any, and shall keep at such office or at the office of its transfer agent or registrar in this state, a list or record containing the names and addresses of all members, the class or classes of membership or capital certificates and the number of capital certificates held by each and the dates when they respectively became the holders of record thereof. A corporation may keep its books and records of account in an office of the corporation without the state, as specified in its certificate of incorporation. Any of the foregoing books, minutes and records may be in written form or in any other form capable of being converted into written form within a reasonable time.

So, correct and complete minutes.What's the problem? The minutes are correct and complete aren't they?

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Thursday, 17 November 2011 11:27

It's Probably Not Really A Conspiracy But ...

... it might as well be!

Yesterday, Paul Orwig posted to the Google Joomla Leadership Group that the OSM board had suggested that he extend his solicitation to the leadership seeking their opinion on whether they go forward with the proposed structural changes to the Joomla! Project. The original post was made October 30 and there had only been one reply and that was from Brad Baker who didn't necessarily see the proposed changes as a solution to the issues raised but said "Still, I am happy to support the majority". Which is, of course, one of the problems I see with the Joomla Leadership as a whole. (See Groupthink blog.)

Unfortunately, Paul Orwig is not only a member of OSM, he is also its Treasurer - one of the now four officer positions of the board. He is also a member of the Community Leadership Team (CLT). That definitely puts him up there as one of the leaders within Joomla.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011 10:28

Is OSM Guilty of Groupthink?

What the heck is Groupthink?

Coined by now-deceased psychologist and researcher Irving Janis, Ph.D., “groupthink,” was first written in a 1972 examination of foreign policy disasters and fiascos. He studied high-level policy-making groups that had a high-degree of cohesiveness and need for affiliation (think “inner-circle”) as opposed to groups (such as the U.S. Congress) that consist of opposing factions.

Symptoms of groupthink can include:

  • Direct pressures on dissenters -
    • members are under pressure not to express arguments against any of the group’s views
    • Does voicing a contrarian opinion isolate someone as a non-team player? Do healthy debates divide or foster better relationships? Are individuals able to respectfully disagree or must consensus rule the day?
  • Collective rationalization -
    • members discount warnings and do not reconsider their assumptions
    • Are discussions frequently held which debate the assumptions underlying conclusions? When is the last time a risk assessment of unlikely outcomes was discussed? When was the last "what if" meeting you participated in held?
  • Self-censorship -
    • doubts and deviations from the perceived group consensus are not expressed
    • When was the last non-unanimous vote on your Board? Have you withheld a question in discussion which might be viewed as opposing the CEO's/Chair's expressed view?
  • Illusion of unanimity-
    • the majority view and judgments are assumed to be unanimous
    • Does your internal process require documented votes by individuals? In the past year how many votes either opposed or abstained due to disagreement with majority?
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Leaders shouldn’t ignore the elephant in the room or the herds of elephants wandering the hallways.

Elephants?

There are so many to choose from I couldn't list them all. But I have blogged about many of them on this website. And, the result so far?

Silence from OSM.

No action.

But I would imagine the point here is the inability of the OSM leadership to effectively deal with the elephants within their organization. They are either oblivious, ignore them, or accept them. Any of the three are unacceptable.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:35

Is It Just Smoke & Mirrors?

This is the mission statement developed in Germany in 2008 by OSM and the core team and still published on the OSM website:

Our mission is to provide a flexible platform for digital publishing and collaboration.

Yet, this is the mission statement described by Paul Orwig in his November 9th blog about OSM's top 2012 goal ideas:

OSM's mission is to provide open, responsible, and effective leadership in support of the Joomla! project’s legal, trademark, events, financial, and external communications needs.

That's quite a switch in mission statements! And apparantly without input from Joomla Leadership (it wasn't mentioned in the summaries of the San Jose summit) and there wasn't any input solicited from the Joomla! community. Looks like OSM is heading down its own singular pathway yet once again. Might help the current OSM board members to review the mission, vision, and value statements that they are responsible for alongside the rest of the Joomla! leadership.

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It takes so long to get OSM to release the minutes of their board meetings and then when they finally do, they make freshman mistakes. Like this first item on the August 29, 2011 minutes.

I. Approval of previous meeting's minutes Dianne brings the motion to approve the minutes from the June 21st board meeting. Jacques seconds. The motion passes by unanimous consent.

Of course, that is the EXACT same approval - even down to the minutes from June 21st - that appeared in the July 18, 2011 board minutes! You would think in three months they might have proofed it just a tad bit better.

Attendance by Altansukh Tumenjargal has not improved any. Counting the August meeting as one meeting even though it continued on another day which he also missed gives him an attendance record now of 12.5% (1 out of the last 8 board meetings). And Akarawuth Tamrareang has missed 4 of the eight board meetings. That is a 50% attendance record.

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Sunday, 06 November 2011 09:51

Now You See It...Now You Don't

That’s definitely the tag line for every magician during his or her magic show. They somehow try to convince you that an object once seen by you has now somehow vanished into thin air. Of course we all know that is not true. With carefully crafted cues, skilled assistants and perfect timing they briefly redirect your focus for a mere millisecond and poof….Now you see it and now you don’t.

 Back around March 11, 2011 in response to a question raised by Jennifer Marriott, Paul Orwig replied "It has been my decision as Treasurer to not publish our unaudited financial statements until I am satisfied that they are reasonably accurate, and I still have some unanswered questions along those lines. I have been in touch with our accountants to get their assistance on that, and they have said they hope to have time next week to help get those questions answered." So, a reasonable person would conclude with the publishing of these financial statements some 7 months later that they are now deemed sufficiently accurate to have passed the tough Paul Orwig test. Right? Not so, young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now we find with some certainty that these reports contain significant inaccuracies in reporting revenue received and that Paul Orwig, the OSM Treasurer is well aware of it!

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 14:03

No Accounting For It.

So our quick look at the published financial reports raised questions aboout whether the OSM Board and the rest of the Joomla! Leadership teams have actually been seeing accurate financial reports as described recently by Jaques Rentzke "... I can confirm that the OSM auto-generated un-audiited financial reports are shared weekly with the OSM list,..." It appears that the question I raised about why they show $2,000 per month from Demo Site hosting which indicates that the demo site is not exceeding the basic minimum number of subscribers may have hit a nerve. It has been confirmed by the Demo Site operators that they are doing significantly over the minimum subscribers which means that they are paying more then the $2,000 per month that shows up in the current financial reports. Yet, where is the money? One source indicates that the amount paid monthly is now $8,000. I don't know how many months that amount might have been paid but let's assume 6 months just for the sake of discussion. Then the missing amount would be in the neighborhood of $36,000 more or less depending upon the accuracy of the source and the number of months of payment. According to the Treasurer they will change the total at the end of the year. That is not how you do accounting - especially accrual accounting which is what OSM is on. If he didn't actually receive the money it should show up in his Accounts Receivable.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 14:13

Breaking OSM Financial News!

For the second time this calendar and fiscal year, OSM has released most of the financial reports originally promised to be released monthly.  If my math is correct (and it should be as it is a simple calculation of 2 divided by 10), then OSM has achieved its commitment 20% of the time so far this year. And if they do it 2 more times they will hit a 33% compliance rate. I wouldn't bet on even that poor of a record given their history  in the last couple of years. Truth be told, this is the first time this year we have been privileged to see the monthly budget versus actual figures.

So, what stands out in a quick review?

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