Hello SMF Community!
A year ago, the team voted to make me the project manager for the Simple Machines Forum project.
It has been both a good and a tough year for the project and the organization.
We established the organization, Simple Machines as an NPO, registered in Nevada, and we have plans to accept other projects under the Simple Machines umbrella. At some point, hopefully soon now, Simple Machines Forum will be just one of the Simple Machines software projects. We have also separated the duties and responsibilities of the organizational level jobs from the project level jobs, formalizing our corporate and project structure and defining the roles in each.
On the project front, we have been moving forward, with the planned (and achieved) release of 2.0 RC4 and the recent 2.0 RC5 security release, but we haven't quite completed 2.0 Final. Of course, this failure is not altogether the fault of the project. At this time, the only delay in releasing 2.0 Final has to do with legal issues surrounding the transfer of assets and intellectual property rights from the LLC to the NPO. We hope to have that resolved within this month!
I have enjoyed being the Project Manager for the last year, despite a distinct increase in hair loss.
The Project Manager position is a tough one, especially with a team like ours, scattered across the globe; so, in our wisdom, we designed the position to be re-elected by the team each year, thus allowing us to spread the joy/pain and let someone else shoulder the burden for the next year.
My year is up and it is with a sense of relief, tempered with a little sadness, that I pass the reins to Oldiesmann. For the next year, he will be guiding the Simple Machines Forum project. In my time as project manager, working with the team leads, I have established procedures and momentum which will, hopefully, carry the project forward and make the next Project Manager's tenure slightly easier. It looks to be a good year!
I do plan to remain on the team, taking a different role, and, organizationally, I remain on the NPO Board of Directors along with K@, Oldiesmann, B, groundup, Norv and Antechinus.