[ubuntu-za] ubuntu-za co-leader stepping down; election of replacement

David Robert Lewis (ethnopunk) ethnopunk at telkomsa.net
Sun Oct 25 12:13:48 GMT 2009


Just a vote of thanks in your leadership over the past year. Always good 
to see your name alongside Ubuntu Jonathan.

DRL

Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) wrote:
> Hi!
>
> Firstly, thanks to everyone for the incredibly kind feedback, it's much
> appreciated.
>
> Simon Cross wrote:
>   
>> On a separate note I'd like to encourage people outside the current
>> Ubuntu ZA core  to apply. It's probably more important for the
>> community to have fresh ideas and fresh people than to have a
>> co-leader who can create a patched kernel package.
>>     
>
> Yep, I agree and I think that while technical knowledge is always good
> to have, it's certainly not a high requirement for a loco team leader,
> since very little of the loco lead work is strictly technical.
>
>   
>> I like the idea of periodic leadership changes -- I know from personal
>> experience that keeping up enthusiasm and momentum over multiple years
>> is quite difficult.  Often it's nice to step back for a bit and let
>> someone else lead for awhile (maybe Jonathan will be back as co-leader
>> or leader at some point in the distant future :).
>>     
>
> I hope that one day I will! I haven't done even 10% of what I wanted to
> for our group, but I'm glad that members within our group have taken so
> much initiative (ranging from stickers to calenders to package and bug
> jams and organising release parties) and have created some nice organic
> growth.
>
> I agree with periodic leader changes, perhaps it would be a good thing
> to rotate at least one leader every one or two years. The co-leader
> setup works really great. Most loco teams only have one leader (I nearly
> said a "unileader"), which is sometimes tough in terms of handover, etc.
> With two of them it's easier for one to step down and another to take
> the spot.
>
> Some more clarification of why I'm stepping down, I'm already spread a
> bit thin and I'm anticipating lots of travel in North America and Europe
> next year for work, so for next year I'll be involved in Ubuntu-ZA when
> I'm around and I'll continue doing the hosting, etc and maybe even
> completing our website stuff ;), and if I'm around I'll go to any events
> that may be taking place and give a hand, so I'm not leaving the group,
> but just shedding some responsibility for the good of everyone.
>
> -Jonathan
>
>   

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