Kind of a mixed week for me on CSM8 this week. While the rest of the CSM was extremely busy, I myself had a mid-week business trip that kept me away from a couple of CSM-related duties.
After the Town Hall of last Sunday, Mike Azariah and myself appeared on Alekseyev Karrde's Declarations of War pod-cast, and had a really interesting discussion! As you can imagine, the topics ranged all over the place from CSM election mechanics to communications to the release of Odyssey to our initial impressions of the job. Ali Aras will be joining Alek as his co-host on the pod-cast going forward, and this was both her first opportunity in that role and of course as a member of CSM8 herself, she was very much involved in the discussion!
Alek also tried to get me to reveal what might be coming in a theoretical Odyssey point release. I guess he had this week in the "when will Ripard break the NDA?" pool. ;-) I resisted. All in all, an interesting couple of hours!
Tuesday started my business trip, which was unfortunate because there was a follow-up meeting with CCP Seagull scheduled for that morning which I missed (I was driving to the airport). Still, big kudos to Ali, Mangala Solaris, Chitsa Jason, and Mike who took excellent notes from which I could catch up. I really want to emphasize how virtually every CSM member is heavily involved some aspect of the CSM's work so far! This isn't always visible; though communications is my thing, it isn't for everyone. But it's great to have the CSM's work-load spread out among so many people. There's no dead weight; everyone's involved in something. It also means that there's a lot going on!
In particular, CSM8 has two big projects that will be made public very soon. Trebor Daehdoow is leading one (with a lot of input and participation from Mike and myself, plus several others), and James Arget is leading another (with a lot of input from just about everyone). As soon those projects are made public and I can point you to them, I will do so. But working on them took a good bit of our time this week and that was before CCP dropped a bit of a bomb on us on Thursday.
That was the day our stake-holder meetings started up again! Unfortunately due to a miscommunication, very few people were actually present at the meeting. It was implied to us after the release of Odyssey that we'd be notified when the stake-holder meetings would start up again, and I'm not sure it happened. Again, I missed this meeting even though I was back home from my trip by then. I don't feel bad; as I said, almost everyone else missed it, too. Still -- and again -- the people who could make the meeting (notably Trebor and Sala Cameron) took really detailed notes for the rest of us. That was good because the topic of the meeting was really broad in scope and is going to be a big job for this CSM. Let's just say that Seagull has her own ideas about how involved the CSM should be and leave it at that for now. I think she surprised even Trebor. I'm hoping that we can go more public with this change of direction as the term goes on.
And all of this happened during a week when a good bit of CCP was on vacation either due to the summer vacation season starting any day now, or the Icelandic Independence Day I mentioned earlier in the week. There was a lot going on despite that. The next stake-holder meeting is scheduled for week nine and you can bet that we're not going to be surprised by it again!
During this one, Trebor was good enough to follow up on my "is the NDA under NDA?" question since I couldn't be there to do so, so that topic still isn't being dropped. And of course as I already mentioned I've been very deeply involved in the T1 industrial re-balancing thread this past week. This coming week, in addition to putting a lot of time into the projects I mentioned above, I'm going to see if I can kick-off the T2 invention/manufacturing round-table that I've been promising for the last couple of weeks. I wanted to get the Town Hall out of the way before I got that rolling.
So, despite my business trip, I still managed to stay pretty busy this week, and so did the rest of CSM8. Again, I'm so pleased how active all of this CSM's members are. It makes sharing the load a hell of a lot easier! More next Sunday.