[OpenID board] OIDF Board Update: Proposed process changes

Don Thibeau (OIDF ED) don at oidf.org
Fri Jan 15 13:52:58 UTC 2010

This is to set out some changes I would like to see in how the OIDF Board
works in 2010.


David Recordon has challenged me to be a more effective advocate of change
and to do so more openly. He asked me to take on a role of moving private
threads into the public mailing list and doing some level setting around
this at the first meeting.  As he noted, this allows for feedback from non
board members.  David pointed out that doesn't mean that we make changes
based on all of the feedback, but that goes hand in hand with increasing
value for non sustaining members.  


David has underlined some important and timely issues. This kind of feedback
helps me do a better job. The new member orientation meeting previewed a set
of specific changes I am advocating to improve our performance,
accountability and growth. To be sure, while an executive director can
advocate change; only directors can make a motion and vote to change.
Accordingly, I am advocating the process changes below other product change
will be discussed separately.


1.       Clearer expectations

a.        2010 Board roles and responsibilities be clearly articulated and

                                                               i.      In ED
personal interactions with all board members,  

                                                              ii.      In
writing and discussed in orientation and inaugural board meeting content

b.       2010 Board meeting calendar be discussed and accepted at first
board meeting 

Should a board member be unable to attend-proxies should be issued 

                                                              ii.      Board
meetings and calendars posted on www.openid.net


2.       More responsibility

a.        More responsibilities in board committees less in the executive

                                                               i.      E.g.
committee help develop budget plans and priorities 

                                                              ii.      A
expanded board level program tracking and management  function


3.       More accountability

a.        E.g. in 2010 each director co chairs at least one committee

b.       E.g. in 2010 each co chair report committee progress at every board

c.        More F2F Board Meetings

d.       More use of OIDF's financial "dashboard"


4.       More "Open-ness" 

a.        More OpenID Summits

b.       More engagement with openid-eu at lists.openid.net

c.        In 2010 I will be using  <mailto:openid-general at lists.openid.net>
openid-general at lists.openid.net more than  <mailto:board-private at openid.net>
board-private at openid.net


5.       A fundamental change in membership structure

a.        More on this topic in a separate email 


Don Thibeau

don at OIDF.org

Executive Director

The OpenID Foundation

 <http://openid.net> http://openid.net


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