Xen.org Project Governance Proposal

One of the objectives that I was given, when I started as Xen.org community manager was to learn about the unwritten rules of how Xen.org governance works, write them down and make some improvement proposals. At this point, I wanted to present my findings and also make an improvement proposal. Governance changes can be quite divisive, which is why we are going to consult you and ask for input. The proposal has already been reviewed by key stake-holders in the community and by the Xen Advisory Board. The feedback we have received, has so far been positive.

The detailed proposal can be found on Xen.org and essentially consists of three parts:

  • Basic principles describing how the community works: these are Openness, Transparency, Meritocracy and Consensus Decision Making
  • Key roles in the community: these are Maintainers, Project leads and a lightweight nomination and election process
  • A lightweight project life cycle that shows how a project gets from an idea to maturity and is eventually archived. There is also a section on how this works in practice.

If you are a contributor to Xen.org or an otherwise active community member, please review the proposal. We also created a poll to find out whether the proposal resonates with you. The poll will be open for 4 weeks (until June 7th).

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for xen.org. Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out uk.linkedin.com/in/larskurth. Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.