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Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

The Ongoing Sorry State Of OSM Governance

Allison Fine, one of the authors of The Networked Nonprofit described an uninformed, disconnected, and disengaged non-profit board that resonated perfectly with what I have been seeing and writing about the Open Source Matters, Inc. board. She said in her blog:

Most of all, too many boards are sets for kabuki theater; set dramas where all the actors know their lines; the chair gives an opening, the chief executive provides a summary of all the recent successes, the treasurer talks about the growing deficit, and the committee chair report out on their laundry lists of activities and programs. The meeting adjourns two hours later with very little accomplished except for a sense by the participants that they have done what they’re supposed to do.!
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Sunday, 26 August 2012 00:00

OSM Hypocrites

hyp·o·crite noun \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

 Merriam-Webster

You know OSM, you can't keep saying one thing and either doing something else or doing nothing for long. People will learn not to believe what you say!

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Sometime after 5 am CDT today July 6, 2012, Alice Grevet posted the approved board minutes for the OSM Board Meeting held on June 19, 2012. It was sloppy - not at all like Alice's previous postings for the most part. For instance, attendees were listed but absentees were not. In this case, the newly elected treasurer wasn't present and he is still not listed as a board member on OSM's own website.

Update July 10, 2010: Today OSM updated their website to publish the bio of the new treasurer - Thomas Hampton - that they announced April 20, 2012. Looks like 82 days or 2 months and 21 days is the best you can expect of this board for simple tasks. We have certainly seen much longer for even slightly more complex tasks like publishing budgets and financial reports.

Another example was that the board approved the minutes of the previous meeting. Since they didn't discuss not having a meeting in May, it was up to the reader to figure out that they were referring to the April meeting. She also clearly stated

Review of OSM board of directors motions brought to the floor via the email list, please circulate list by email in advance No motions were made.

that no motions were made via the email list since the previous meeting. Yet, we find at the end of the minutes:

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Friday, 29 June 2012 13:49

Where's The Beef OSM?

"Where's the beef?" is a catchphrase in the United States and Canada. The phrase originated as a slogan for the fast food chain Wendy's. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event, or product.

 Wikipedia

 I have been essentially asking that question of OSM for some time now. Let's see, back on October 25, 2011 Paul Orwig announced what he characterized as an aggressive timeline to develop and publish the goals and budget for each leadership team. They were to be complete by January 2012 when OSM would vote to accept them. On June 27, 2012, Alice Grevet published OSM's goals for 2012. Is that right? Six months into the year for accomplishing the goals, they finalized and published them. Except, I can't find in the minutes where the goals were listed and voted on by the board. In fact, in the January, 2012 minutes they specifically stated: "OSM, PLT and CLT all have yet to complete the process of budget estimates and goal documentation." In the February, 2012 minutes they only stated: "With less than a majority in favor of making the certification goal a major goal for 2012, it will not be included in the list of major goals." In the March minutes there was an entry under the Budget Committee: "Reminder: We want to publish a blog by the end of April with updates on each of our 2012 goals (Communications: Alice, Events: Robert, TM/Legal: Jacques, Capital: Sukh). Please plan on providing a paragraph or two to Alice about your goal, and Alice will help assemble everything and get the blog published." In the April minutes there was an entry: "As part of the 2012 goal setting process, the leadership teams are asked to publish quarterly updates to the community. A few paragraphs from each team on updates and accomplishments will be published in a blog. Owners of the 4 OSM goals please get your reports in to Alice for publishing." Nowhere in the minutes that have been published is there any discussion on the goals or any documented approval of these goals by the board. So, I ask you "Where's the beef?"

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Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:33

Still Waiting

Still waiting for:

1Publication of the 2012 budget now technically overdue by 130 days or four months and nine days from January 1st, 2012. From the promise time frame it is overdue by 44 days or one month and thirteen days from a "week or so" as stated in the March 20th, 2012 board minutes.

2Publication of an end-of-year financial report now technically overdue by 130 days or four months and nine days from January 1st, 2012.

3Publication of any financial report now overdue by 192 days or six months and ten days since the last publication of October 31, 2011.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:55

Good News / Bad News

Good NewsYou may have not noticed but OSM published their March 20, 2012 board minutes only three days after their April 20th board meeting. That's like a record and is well appreciated by those of us who strongly believe in the public oversight clause of OSM's bylaws!

Also notable is that Altansukh Tumenjargal has attended the first three months of board meetings of 2012. Either the board made special accommodation as to the time of the board meetings or Sukh has made a special effort. Either way, it's good to see.

Bad News Discussions from Javier Gomez's group on leadership changes were supposed to be available in the public group Joomla Project Structure Working Group. You can find part of the information there but the rest that is mentioned such as the responsibility descriptions of the directors is not public even though it was asked for and promised to the public several years ago. You will also note that there is no attempt, as we move closer and closer to the summit in Germany, to make any pretense of evaluating whether such changes are even necessary or appropriate. Instead,  the discussions are entirely focused on the final structure assuming that it will be approved.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00

More Empty Promises

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:

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A posting by Robert L. Borosage in the Huffington Post accuses Republican Candidate Mitt Romney of “obfuscation, misdirection and straight-up lies.” A review of the meaning of those words should be very instructive:

  1. Obfuscation: literally, “to darken.”   It is a word that means that a person makes an intentional act to muddy the waters, to turn out the lights, to deceive by hiding the truth.  The main point of obfuscation is that it is intentional.  It is not an accidental covering of the facts; the speaker is determined to confuse the listener in order to deceive.
  2. Misdirection: to give guidance or instruction which is incorrect.  The implication of misdirection is, again, intentional for the purpose of sending someone the wrong way.  It’s like stopping at a convenience store to get directions, only to be told by the clerk, who hasn’t a clue, the wrong information just to get you off (his) back.
  3. Straight-up lies are instructions that are intentionally designed to mislead the listener in order to avoid facts that undermine or deny the speaker’s truths.

Sound familiar? Just apply the above to what you have seen or failed to see from Open Source Matters, Inc. trustees.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 08:26

Liar, Liar

li·ar noun \ˈlī(-ə)r\ Definition of LIAR : a person who tells lies

  MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE

lie verb \ˈlī\lied ly·ing
Definition of LIE:  intransitive verb 1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive 2 : to create a false or misleading impression transitive verb : to bring about by telling lies

  MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE

What else would you call it?

OSM has repeatedly lied to the Joomla! Community. No, those lies were not mistakes. They intended to deceive. Let's take a look.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 11:43

OSM - Say Nothing...Do Nothing...Be Nothing!

Back from the 75-85° weather in Costa Rica, Panama, Antilles, Bahamas, Aruba, and Cura?ao to face the 6 to 12" of snow that fell just a few days ago. Yccch! Nice and relaxing cruise though. And, what do I find? Why, absolutely nothing at all. Nothing has changed at the OSM camp.

  • No meeting minutes since November 15, 2011. Ought to have at least December's minutes and, I would argue, January, 2012 as well. Update: Somebody is reading something. December minutes were published today 2/8/2012.
  • No financial reports since October, 2011. How about November and December. Or, for that matter, January?
  • No 1120 Federal income tax report since 2009. Come on, let's see 2010 at least.

So, OSM's method of avoidance is silence. See the comment from Peter on the previous blog. Come on OSM, don't you think we recognize what you have been doing or to put it another way - not doing?

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