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Charter of the OSI Management Education Working Group (OSI-EDU-WG) 2014-2015

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The Open Source Initiative's Management Education Working Group (2014-2015)

Charter of the OSI-EDU-WG (2014-2015)

Version 0.3: Pending OSI Board Approval
Contact: Joseph Potvin, Working Group Chair <jpotvin@opman.ca>

Call for Participation

Let's work together to strengthen the quality of management amongst free/libre/open projects and portfolios, and amongst their governing organizations. We invite your collaboration towards improving The FLOW Syllabus. The OSI-EDU-WG meets online at http://osi.bigbluebutton.org/osi/ every Tuesday at 21:00 GMT (which is Wednesday 6am Brisbane, Australia; and Tuesday 4 pm in NYC). Contact the Chair, Joseph Potvin for details: <jpotvin@opman.ca>.
 — The Educators Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month
 — The Lawyers Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month
 — The Technologists Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month
 — The Project & Organizational Managers Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month
 

CONTENTS

Purpose

The OSI has long played a role in community-building and education about how free/libre/open source licenses, and various related domains and business models, can provide a foundation for both socio-economic and business advantages.

The strategic purpose of the OSI Management Education Working Group (OSI-EDU-WG) is to help managers of projects, portfolios, organizations and consortia to thoroughly understand and engage the free/libre/open way, encompassing ethics, methods, processes, governance, HR management, strategy, security, law and financing.

The operational purpose of the OSI-EDU-WG is to coordinate the maintenance, extension and resourcing of a collectively curated guide to the concepts and methods underlying free/libre/open work, named The Free/Libre/Open Works (FLOW) Syllabus.

The FLOW Syllabus is tailored to assist "educators" in their design of learning programs. The educators we have in mind are academic and business instructors, advisers (including legal counsel), as well as project and operations managers who need to effectively relate and discuss these topics with team members, executives, business partners, customers or constituents, and who therefore also function as educators.

The FLOW Syllabus is intended to be useful towards the development of on-site seminars or workshops, and online tutorials or webinars, in both formal or informal venues, including autonomous learning. It is adaptable to any venue or delivery methodology.

Scope

The OSI-EDU-WG is concerned with helping the managers of projects, portfolios, organizations or consortia to gain an advanced understanding of strategies, processes and methods to optimize value, to control costs, and to manage risk through effective coordination, resourcing and governance of Free/Libre/Open Works (FLOW). 

The OSI-EDU-WG is oriented towards the application of explicit free/libre/open arrangements for:

  • Computer programs and their related use cases, specifications, diagrams, code, tables, documentation, data;
  • Any other field through which ideas and experiences can lead to complementary learning and synergies .  

The OSI-EDU-WG is based on a pluralist premise that there is intrinsic value in communicating the diversity of logically reasoned perspectives on issues and topics, taking into account the ongoing merging and differentiation of various concepts and efforts through time.

The OSI-EDU-WG notes that at present (June 2014) the global governing bodies of the four most widely used frameworks in the field of project management education, standardization and certification each neglect the methods and processes of free/libre/open way in their documentation of competencies (ISO TC 258, IPMA, ICCPM, GAPPS). Furthermore they each operate under restrictive intellectual rights stances.  The OSI-EDU-WG encourages such organizations to include the free/libre/open way in their respective domains and operations.

Topics that are "out of scope" involve anything not directly relevant to the contextual knowledge and operational know-how required by managers/coordinators of free/libre/open projects or portfolios, or their supporting organizations or consortia. The FLOW Syllabus does not extend into the relative merits of various economic, political or sociological theories or scenarios. And the Syllabus is not the place for marketing or evangelizing of particular free/libre/open software or services, although examples are frequently used to illustrate concepts.

Participation

Four "Working Committees"

The Working Group will be comprised of four "Working Committees" whose members proactively assist with the maintenance and evolution of the concepts, methods and strategies of The FLOW Syllabus, and meet once month via audio conference. 

  1. The Educators Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month
  2. The Lawyers Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month
  3. The Technologists Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month
  4. The Project & Organizational Managers Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month

The OSI-EDU-WG seeks active participation in the Working Committees, at both individual and organizational levels. Committee Participants as well as OSI Board representation are listed in an annex to this Charter. Except for the OSI-EDU-WG Chair, no formal relationship with the OSI is required to be a Participant or Contributor with the Working Group, through its Working Committees.

Three Modes of Participation

  • Coordinator (of a Working Committee)
    • Authority
      • Nominated by the OSI-EDU-WG Chair for ratification by the OSI Board on an annual basis.
      • Operates on behalf of the OSI Board. Any decisions by a Coordinator can be reversed by the OSI Board.
    • Role
      • Facilitates monthly meetings of the Committee to the full extent of its mandate.
      • Commits to pro-actively achieve the Purpose of the OSI-EDU-WG through co-coordination, co-athorship, etc. 
      • Convenes, facilitates and participates in a Working Committee.
      • The Coordinators of the Working Committees comprise a Steering Committee with the OSI-EDU-WG Chair.
    • Funds
      • The OSI does not provide a salary or any fees towards this role.
      • The Coordinator may have expenses reimbursed by OSI on a pre-approved case-by-case basis.
      • The Coordinator may be compensated for this role by any third party and/or may commit services pro-bono.
      • The individual in the role of Coordinator may offer commercial services in the same fields as the Working Committee or the OSI-EDU-WG address, through OSI Board referrals and separately.
  • Participant
    • Identified as a Participant in an online OSI-EDU-WG forum.
    • Speaks in the monthly conference call.
    • Requirement for being a Committee Participant is that s/he must work professionally in the discipline named by each theme, OR may be voted in by working consensus of current team members (all either in favour or neutral, none opposed).
    • Each Participant's accession must be ratified by the OSI-EDU-WG Steering Committee on behalf of the OSI Board as being consistent with the purpose of the OSI-EDU-WG, and as having no apparent conflict of interest with the Purpose of the OSI-EDU-WG.
  • Contributor
    • Identified as a Contributor in the online OSI-EDU-WG forum.
    • For the monthly conference call,, receives live audio output and interacts via text-based access to the discussion, which the Participants monitor.
    • Anyone may be a Contributor (i.e. no ratification).

Overall Coordination:

  • Chair, OSI-EDU-WG
    • Authority
      • Appointed and ratified by the OSI Board on an annual basis.
      • Operates on behalf of the OSI Board. Any decisions by the Chair can be reversed by the OSI Board.
    • Role
      • Commits to pro-actively achieve the Purpose of the OSI-EDU-WG through co-coordination, co-athorship, etc. 
      • Convenes and facilitates a Steering Committee of the Coordinators of the Working Committees.
      • Participates in the Working Committees.
    • Funds
      • The OSI does not provide a salary or any fees towards this role.
      • The Chair may have expenses reimbursed by OSI on a pre-approved case-by-case basis.
      • The Chair may be compensated for this role by any third party and/or may commit services pro-bono.
      • The individual in the role of Chair may offer commercial services relevant to the scope of the OSI-EDU-WG through OSI Board referrals and separately.

Communications

Activity Types and Resourcing

  1. Development of particular educational modules to advance the scope, quality and utility of the syllabus, beyond routine updates, improvements and extensions. Such work can sometimes be contributed by suppliers of commercial/academic training as they adapt and extend the FLOW Syllabus to their contexts. Modules can also be individually resourced by organizations that wish to advance the coverage of certain topics within The FLOW Syllabus.
  2. Synthesis, coordination, administration, strategic direction and marketing of the Working Group and its four Working Committees: Educational; Legal; Technological, Management. To ensure continuity, this coordination work requires a moderate amount of regular core funding from one or more organizations that benefit from its overall availability and evolution. Business co-sponsors  are required. (WG Chair: At least 1/2 day per week; Working Committee Coordinatorm: At least 1/2 day per week at this time.)
  3. Information about commercial/academic training based on The FLOW Syllabus. The development, marketing and delivery of training services are external to the the activities of the Working Group. Such services occur as financially self-sustained ad hoc offerings by any organization or individual. 

Background Documents


Annex A. OSI-EDU-WG Participants

UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Updates to this annex do not constitute changes to the Charter.

Participants in the OSI-EDU-WG

  • Chair, OSI-EDU-WG
    • Joseph Potvin, jpotvin@opman.ca  819-593-5983
  • The Educators Committee
    • Coordinator: Ken Udas, ken.udas@usq.edu.au
    • First Tuesday of each month
    • Participants
      — Wayne Mackintosh, wayne@oerfoundation.org OERu
  • The Lawyers Committee
    • Coordinator: Amanda Brock amanda.brock@origin.co.uk
    • Second Tuesday of each month
  • The Technologists Committee
    • Coordinator: TBD
    • Third Tuesday of each month
  • The Project & Organizational Managers Committee
    • Coordinator: TBD
    • Fourth Tuesday of each month

OSI Representatives in the OSI-EDU-WG

  • Working Group Sponsor: Mike Milinkovich, mike.milinkovich@eclipse.org
  • OSI General Manager: Patrick Masson, masson@opensource.org

Annex B. OSI-EDU-WG Workplan

UNDER DEVELOPMENT (To be determined via the Working Committees.)
Updates to this annex do not constitute changes to the Charter.

Months 1 & 2

Months 3 & 4

Months 5 & 6

Months 7 & 8

Months 9 & 10

Months 10 & 12


Annex C. Supplementary Notes

 

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