Continuing the discussion from Crowd Founding Safe Applications:
#Before We Begin
Before we get too far into the project we should answer some things. Where do we want to run this project from as a community while we are in this infant stage? The safe community is on this forum. People who will be interested in seeing this project’s success are here. It compliments everything the safe network is about. If we move the project discussion to another forum we risk losing potential eyes on it. Momentum we create around the idea of the hub might be lost. Leaving it here might result in our posts becoming a burden on the moderators or potentially distracting from the focus on the safe network itself. The safe network is the most important thing right now and I don’t want our project to distract, I also don’t want to lose the momentum that this community undoubtedly can provide. What are our options? I think this forum software allows that certain categories can be opt-in; meaning they won’t show on everyone’s main list of posts unless you explicitly say you want to see them. That is one option. Another option is to let it ride and if it becomes a distraction or mods hear that people don’t want to see this stuff we can decide then to do something about it. What do you mods think about what I’ve said above? Along those same lines I am willing to volunteer to moderate posts dealing with CrowdFoundHub to take the burden of doing so off the main volunteers if that is something you mods want to consider.
#The Project’s Mission
The safe network’s mission is all about Privacy, Security and Freedom for All. It’s the first thing that brought me to the community two years ago. It continues to motivate me to be involved. My personal mission for this project is Enabling the World to Labor in Freedom. It comes from an Albert Einstein quote, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” The very purpose of this project is found in those words. Everything I invest into this project will be invested because I believe in those words to my very core.
I recently spent two awesome weeks in Florida with two of my favorite families in the whole world. Their were 14 of us under one roof and it was a blast. The servant attitudes in that house blew me away. Anyway, while there we visited Kennedy Space Center. As I was looking at the old launch room for the Atlas rocket I started pondering things, because that’s what I do. I realized that I have more processing power in my work PC then they had in that entire launch room. How did they do what they did with such low tech? They did it because they had a mission and failing that mission was not an option. Too the moon folks, that is what I’m hoping for here.
#What Will Our Goals Be for April?
So we have some pledges for supporting the mission of the CrowdFoundHub project (I’m excited by this). I think the pledges might be in the realm of 25K-40K+ of Maidsafe Coins so far. That was one day of asking about interest levels and we all know a pledge is only a pledge. Bottom line, there is interest in seeing it become a reality so the community can use the hub to go on missions of their own. I’ve also been talking to @MrAnderson about merging or supporting each other’s projects. I’ve talked to a couple folks who I feel are key contributors in the safe space who will not be named yet about being caretakers of signatures if we end up having to use multisig to manage developer payments. I’ve got a “definite maybe” from one and the other needs to know his/her reasonability before committing to anything. Trust me when I say I see nothing but clear heads from these folks.
The next step as I see it, is deciding on a direction together. The direction we decide on will be our “The Most Important” next step. As a potential owner, you can be as involved in this process as you want to be. You can let your voice be heard, or accept what the community decides; it’s completely up to you. I see my role as a facilitator and motivator at this point of the project. I’m open to other’s opinions on how we should do this. This is just one way… if you have a better way let’s do that.
I’d like us to answer the question, “Where do we want to be at the end of April?” I’m going to use the proven OKR (Objectives + Key Results) framework for now. I’m sure many of you are not familiar with the framework so I’ll do my best to [explain what it is and why it’s important] while using it. If you want a more detailed understanding of what the framework is, you might consider reading the book Radical Focus that I talked about previously.
[The objective is the cat’s pajamas! Something we need to focus on and that we can be passionate about together. It’s the qualitative stride we are taking. It is the fuel for our mission’s (Empowering the World to Labor in Freedom) rocket! Fuel is explosive and can be dangerous.] A couple examples might be: Define the MVP in as much detail as we can so we know what we are targeting. Focus on building the community (with its key members) around the mission of the project. [It is suggested that we start by only having one OKR and when things expand to include more key members we can do more, each key member focusing on their own OKR with their own team of supporters. The OKRs are meant to cascade from the overall to the individual. Does this make sense?] Anyone who wants to throw an objective out for us to decide on, or expand the examples I’ve given please do so. If/when we have enough we can create a vote post to decide on which one we will focus on for April. If we don’t get any that might mean there isn’t enough community interest in the project at this time. I hope we get some discussion going around this.
##Key Results 1-3
[These are the quantitative results we hope to see if we are really focused on the objective. They are meant to be hard to accomplish but not impossible. It’s suggested that we start out with a key result that we think we have a 50% chance of succeeding at. We start out scoring these at a 5 out of 10 scale. 5 meaning we think we have a 50% chance of hitting this key result. Each week we will post an update to get a feel on how we should change the score. If we change the result from a 5 to a 3, we think we now only have a 30% chance of getting the result we want by the deadline. Then we brainstorm on ways to increase the score for the next week.] If our objective was to build community and find key partners an example key result might be, “Get a pledge total of 200k MaidsafeCoins” or “Get people other than @chadrickm posting about the mission.” or “Find three key members who are committed to running there own OKRs next month.” [It is suggested we limit the number of key results to three because the point is to be able to remember them easily. We can focus on key results after we decide on the objective but if you want to include some ideas, feel free.]
#Let’s Begin the Discussion
Again if you know of a better way to make real progress towards the mission let’s do that instead. If you think this experiment could work, let’s hear your ideas for objectives.