There are three current decision making models for the Jenkins project, as far as I (R. Tyler Croy) have seen are:
As the project meeting only happens once two weeks, often it resulted in a long delay to decision. Also, there is an obvious bias to this, in that decisions and contributions are guided by those who are most able to attend project meetings and voice their opinions. Additionally, anything that cannot or should not be brought up in a project meeting must be taken directly to the board. This puts unnecessary burden on the board and creates a bottleneck for making decisions and for empowering members in the community to take ownership of different areas of the project.
The proposal here is to: enable the board to appoint sub-team leaders who would have the responsibility and accountability for leading a particular facet of the project. This would enable members of the community who have proven themselves to be responsible and courteous, to act with the authority of the board in guiding and making decisions within the project. If we imagine the board to be a (currently) three-headed President of Jenkins, these sub-team leaders would be the cabinet members (e.g. Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, etc).
The board provides oversight and guidance to the team leaders. To reinforce this, the team leaders would also be responsible for preparing a quarterly report (e.g. FreeBSD Quarterly Report) for the Jenkins board which can be communicated out to the broader Jenkins community.
The following teams I think we need today:
(Note: these responsibilities are not exhaustive and should be further clarified if this proposal is accepted).
To help ensure as fair as possible of an appointment process, the community should have the opportunity to voice opinions or concerns about the appointment of team leaders. I propose the following process:
A term of 12 months of for a team leader seems reasonable. If at the end of said term the team leader is asked to perform another term, the board should follow the appointment process anew.
In the case of a resignation from a team leadership position, the board will be expected to follow the appointment process above.