Re: [OVC-developer] The software team

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Dec 06 2004 - 12:52:17 CST

At 1:23 PM -0500 12/6/04, David Mertz wrote:
>On Dec 6, 2004, at 7:39 AM, Fred McLain wrote:
>>Frankly Aurthur, I believe you are mistaken here. I presume you're
>>talking about 2005, not 2004. If, and only if, a state can make their
>>election requirements visible, we can produce a voting system for Utah
>>or North Carolina in less then 7 months. The developers here can do
>>that, but we have to have concise requirements from the responsible
>>parties. We're clearly the best choice, we need to demonstrate that
>Excellent points, Fred! I'm 100% in agreement with everything you
>wrote here. A lot of people new to the project--but also Arthur,
>who has been with it a long time--become critical of what the SW
>developers have "failed to do"... there must be something wrong with
>the skill level, or focus, or whatever.

I'm not critical of what the SW developers failed to do. We had a
push for the April demo. The leaders focused on raising money. We
(collectively) let the volunteer SW development effort stall, and in
retrospect that was a mistake. But we're all volunteers, no one has
been paid with the exception of Alan (and he's been paid very little
in comparison to the amount of work he did), and we have limited time
and energy. We didn't have energy to write proposals and manage a SW
development process at the same time. And it seemed that the energy
for the developers to continue their work may have diminished after
the demo.

Nonetheless, we haven't stopped or discouraged the SW development, we
merely haven't led it. Some of us have focused on the production of
papers documenting what we're trying to do, along with proposal
writing. I did write a message describing a plan on November 15,
2004. See
What do the developers need to continue your work?

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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