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Re: FESCo future

+1 to Sopwith's post.  :)


On Sun, 26 Nov 2006, Elliot Lee wrote:

On Nov 26, 2006, at 12:56 PM, Michael Schwendt wrote:

FPCSC will  needs to do what the "Core cabal" and FESCo do now and thus
will have a lot more work to do than FESCo currently does. Thus it might
be a good idea to make FPCSC a bit bigger. I'd say 14, 16 or 18 people
(FESCo currently has 13 members).

FESCO's size is insufficient already. FESCO is not as productive as it
could be if there were more members. Originally, FESCO had been created to
form a small group of people who could get something done. Over time,
FESCO has degraded to a collection of people, who fill seats in multiple
committees and find themselves unable to pursue "FESCO business".

Hey all,

The rule of thumb for efficient team sizing is 7 people +/-. FESCO is too big. Part of the reason people feel comfortable slacking on "FESCO business" is because they think that with such a large group, it doesn't matter if they slack off or not (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_loafing). Adding more people to FESCO/FPCSC will just make things worse.

In addition, FESCO's purpose should be for making decisions that can't be made otherwise, not for being obligated to do all the work that needs doing. If people outside FESCO are not feeling like they can make headway, FESCO needs to get out of the way and empower those people, rather than trying to add more responsibilities to a FESCO TODO list.

-- Elliot

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