In several other areas of Joomla! leadership, we continue to see schedules and promises but nothing ever seems to materialize. Though there has been some action to note - there seems to have been a very strong effort to reduce the expenses paid to OSM's trademark attorneys (Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P.) over the last several years as I noted in the blog OSM - A Poor Performing Board of Directors. In 2009, the legal fees were $149,252.57. Based on the 2010 OSM 990 filing on December 14, 2011, legal fees were $84,411. For 2011, legal fees through October, 2011 were $12,194.99 (unfortunately, current financial information hasn't been made available in some time). A very significant decline. Let's see what is going on now with Trademark activity:
I find it a little more then curious that the President of OSM has not taken part in any of the discussions surrounding the proposed restructuring of the Joomla! Leadership with the Board of OSM being over all Joomla! teams. In fact, as I pointed out in the blog Where's Waldo (err.. Ryan Ozimek)?, Mr. Ozimek has only really been visible in his world-wide travels. The President of the Board has certain responsibilities including:
- Execute the will of the board
- Provide leadership to the board
- Develop a vision for the board
- Be the communicator or spokesperson for the board
- Manage the effective use of meetings (regular and committee meetings)
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.
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!
If you go to all of the trouble to establish goals and objectives with teams - even all volunteer teams, then it behoves you to ensure that you follow-up with those teams and establish their success, partial success, or failure in accomplishing those goals and objectives before you go down the path of establishing new goals and objectives.
Back in May, 2011, Paul Orwig published the goals and objectives of the PLT (Production Leadership Team), the CLT (Community Leadership Team), and OSM (Open Source Matters). Now in late October, Paul is calling for setting new goals and budgets for 2012 but he is not calling first for how those teams did against their 2011 goals so far. This is simply a complete failure of the OSM board and its leadership in ensuring that the goals and objectives actually mean something and are not simply slid into a drawer somewhere and forgotten.
Some time ago I wrote a piece within the Open Source Matter's JPeople group about the missing president of OSM. He had promised in a blog that he would publish a "semi-regular dose of transparency and accountability to the Joomla community as to my activities as Open Source Matters (OSM) President." That was on March 22, 2010. There were two more published blogs March 29 and April 5, 2011. Nothing on this vein has been published since then. It was the sentiment of several commenters that Ryan was busily serving the Joomla community by attending various Joomla functions. I know Ryan is a very good PR person and personally had recommended he not be elected as president of OSM until the board had decided whether to have an executive director in place that could see to the actual leadership needs of OSM. I was concerned that Ryan would be so busy between his position as CEO of PICNet with offices on two coasts and his more then willing and capable PR activities for OSM that he would not devote the necessary energies to develop board members and work on the needed aspects to this organization. If you take the time to read the minutes from when Ryan was secretary of OSM and then when he became president, you will note that he no longer figures prominently in the minutes discussion at all.