Volunteers and paid staff

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 03:25:23 CDT

On May 26, 2004, at 4:51 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> From a project management perspective, I can't promise to accomplish
> something in a given time frame if I am relying on volunteers. I
> must rely on paid staff (including students) who report to me. The
> fact that the original schedule for EVM2003 was to give a demo in
> October, or at least in 2003, and the demo did not occur until April
> 2004, suggests that my risk management is prudent. I hope that
> clarifies things.

I guess everyone has their own experiences... but I've never worked on
a commercial or academic project that was ONLY six month late. Nothing
ever works, and paying people doesn't seem to change this fact, in my
judgment. We'll see... I have more confidence in informally organized,
self-selected volunteers worldwide creating good software than I do of
Arthur's students doing so on TA stipends. And I also think that
methodologies kill projects.

But not everyone is an anarchist :-).
...not even always of the Paul Feyerabend sort.
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