Re: Volunteers and paid staff

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 11:51:30 CDT

At 4:25 AM -0400 5/27/04, David Mertz wrote:
>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.

I also advocate that there be multiple projects that reduce the
overall chance of failure. Some of those projects will be done by
the various university contracts. Some of those projects will be
done by volunteers. I think a best-of-breed solution would be of
use. However to do so, we will need certain interface standards to
be created. And certain architectural standards.

Towards this end, I've put up a series of Wiki documents on the
architecture, and welcome (actually, encourage) contributions from
the community.

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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