I am very pleased to announce that Eugene Kim, Alex Russell and Andre Mueninghoff will be joining the OSAF board of directors. The Chandler project has undergone significant changes over the past year, starting with the restructuring of the organization in January. We’ve been working for some time now to form a new board, to inject the project with new energy and new ideas. You can read more in their bios below…
EUGENE KIM: Eugene is the cofounder and principal of Blue Oxen Associates, a think
tank/consultancy focused on improving collaboration. He has developed
collaborative strategies for a number of organizations, focusing
especially on inter-organizational collaboration and collaborative
learning. Past clients have included World Economic Forum, NASA,
Institute for International Education, and Socialtext.
Eugene’s research centers around identifying patterns of
high-performance collaboration across different domains. He is also a
thought leader in the collaborative tool space, focusing especially on
Wikis, digital identity, and usability. He most recently directed
computer pioneer Doug Engelbart’s HyperScope project.
In addition to his work at Blue Oxen Associates, Eugene serves on the
board of the Leadership Learning Community and the Open Source
Applications Foundation and on the advisory boards of Tomorrow Makers
Previously, Eugene was the Senior Technical Editor at Dr. Dobb’s
Journal. He’s published numerous articles as well as one of the first
books on web application development. He received his A.B. in History
and Science from Harvard University.
Eugene’s thoughts on Chandler: I love Chandler for two reasons. First and foremost, as a tool,
Chandler is useful. It helps me stay organized, and it helps me
collaborate with others. Chandler fulfills a critical need that
prevents groups of all sizes from collaborating effectively.
Second, I love the people involved with the project. I’ve known Mimi
and Katie since they participated (and rocked) our first FLOSS
Usability Sprint three years ago, and I’ve enjoyed meeting the rest of
the team and members of the community since. Moreover, the way they
are incorporating user-centric design with open source development is
cutting-edge, and I believe that it will serve to be a model for many
projects to come.
I’m thrilled to be joining the OSAF board. I think it’s an exciting
time for the Chandler project, and I’m looking forward to being part
of the team.
ALEX RUSSELL: Alex is Director of R&D for SitePen, President of the Dojo Foundation,
and a founder and former project lead of the Dojo Toolkit. He contributes to
the CometD project and is a co-author of the Bayeux specification for Comet.
From ‘06 to ‘08, Alex served as a founding Steering Committee member of the
Open Ajax Alliance.
Before joining SitePen, Alex was a Senior Engineer at JotSpot and Informatica
where he helped build highly interactive web interfaces. His earlier Open
Source involvement included stints as editor of the OWASP Guide to Building
Secure Web Applications and primary author of the netWindows DHTML toolkit.
Alex’s thoughts on Chandler: The mission of Chandler inspired me the very first time I heard of the project. As Chandler has evolved and matured, I find that I’m delighted by the clear utility of the finished product. It takes a very level-headed organization to understand the large shifts from desktop to web that have taken place in the span of the project’s history, and Chandler Hub and Cosmo give me deep faith that the Chandler team is in sync with the needs of users.
ANDRE MUENINGHOFF: Andre is an IT Director experienced in software design and
development, and enterprise application management. He has led
off-shore, near-shore, and on-site teams using lean, agile-oriented
methodologies. In addition to supporting the open source software
movement, Andre invests his spare time in coaching FIRST LEGO League
(FLL) robotics teams.
Andre is a long time user and follower of the project and is a member of the Chandler User Advisory Group.
Andre’s thoughts on Chandler: What excites me is the commitment to the goal of having users be
involved actively in all phases of the development process, particularly
at the front-end of the process. The early goals for the Chandler
application held great promise. The 1.0 release delivers on many of
them, and foreshadows many more. The desktop application rearchitecture
work currently underway is expected to enable the project to be even
more responsive to evolving and new user requirements.
We have also recruited OSAF staffer Jared Rhine to join the board and I will replace Katie Parlante who is resigning her position. Katie will be following up with a blog post of her own. Long time board members Mitchell Baker and John Lilly will be moving on as well. We thank Mitchell and John for their support and involvement in the project over so many years and Katie for her leadership and contributions to the project in all areas of the organization.
We have accomplished a considerable amount over the past 10 months. We released Chandler 1.0, a “Note-to-Self Organizer” designed for personal and small-group task management and calendaring. Our 1.0 offering builds on what we released for Preview and shaped itself from a wide range of feedback we received over the past year. We not only worked on new features, fixing bugs and improving usability but we also spent considerable time on our marketing message and evangelizing how Chandler is useful through the many user stories that appeared on our blog. We introduced the Quick Entry and iPhone widgets to reach out to both the new users and the development community.
As of the end of November 2008, OSAF will be moving to a mostly all-volunteer organization. For this reason, we have been focusing on projects that will set up Chandler for this new phase. In addition to assembling a new board, we have put together a great User Advisory Group that will take on a prominent role supporting the needs of our existing and new users. Grant and Jeffrey have been moving forward with the re-architecture project which is central to building our developer community. They will be staying on staff for some time to see this project through. We have many volunteers who have been and will continue to contribute to the project on many levels. In addition to joining the board, Jared will continue to volunteer to run the Hub service. Mimi will continue to support the user community and help with design issues.
We have been planning for this transition for some time and look forward to all the unknowns and opportunities of this new era.