Efficient board meetings, revised

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Fri Oct 15 20:42:56 UTC 2004

I think it's an excellent idea to empower committees to do more work, 
rather than leave that work to the SPI board to micromanage. However, I 
don't believe that SPI's board meetings are disfunctional.

It's difficult to get the attention of board members in little snips 
across a whole month. They have committed to give you their full 
attention for an hour a month, and that seems to work OK. We have made 
quorum reliably except when there has been nothing on the agenda.

To give you a read of how this works elsewhere, my committment as a 
director on for-profit boards is 100 hours per year per company. Any 
more than that, and I would be paid at my full consulting rate.

I feel that the banter on SPI IRC board meetings is a natural part of 
getting a bunch of somewhat hot-headed people together, and allows them 
to blow off some of the agression that they would otherwise direct at 
each other in more harmful ways.

Are you sure it's broken?



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