“The founding purpose of Ruby Australia is to further the use and adoption of the Ruby programming language in Australia and to support and encourage a vibrant community around the language and related technologies.”
Congratulations on being elected into the Ruby Australia Committee. You will be inducted with our secret handshake and given your ruby coloured robes shortly. But first you must read this guide carefully. This guide will uncover the darkest secrets of our sect, things which others have never even hoped to want to learn of.
The Ruby Australia Committees of Old
Ruby Australia is setup to be a light touch, open and transparent organisation deeply connected with the member base of attendees of Australian Rails Camps and Ruby Conferences.
MINSWAN ‘Matz is nice so we are nice'. We first treat people well and with dignity and respect. The systems thinker Edward Deming said ‘80% of problems are system problems rather than people problems. Don’t Blame. Fix the system’.
Ruby Australia is designed to be an open organisation, think open-source meets open-space. In the second instance we draw on existing design patterns developed by our brethren in the global hackerspace movement.
Don’t over engineer solutions. Start by asking ‘what’s the simplest thing that could work’. Iterate. Encourage everyone to focus on simple immediate solutions and being prepared to iterate and learn as an organisation as we progress.
It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning. Focus on what’s important. Take a long term view and approach. We’re here to make things better and strive for a higher ideal. Call people to think bigger and create something better. Don’t be right. Set about setting things right. Basically just ‘Be the Force’.
Like ruby we exist for the furtherment of ‘programmer happiness’.
It’s usually really painful when you start a role and the last person didn’t really bother to hand anything over, so you just spend all this time stuffing around just working out stuff they already knew.
Don’t be that person.
Update this document and help the next poor sod who is taking over from you.
Currently we bank with Westpac. As a non profit our accounts attract no monthly fees (woo!). New committee members need to go to the bank with old members and add new names to the account. Keep all monies in the main accounts of the association, it makes the books much less painful. We have a credit card in the name of Sebastian Von Conrad, details are stored in 1password for online use.
The organisation has a Public Officer, who must reside in Victoria. After RailsCamp when the Public Officer changes the government needs to be notified within 21 days (I think).
Currently Public Officer: Ryan Bigg (correct at June 2016)
We suggest the committee should generally meet at least once a month for 1 hour.
There is a ‘Ruby Australia’ folder within Google Docs
Ruby Australia 1Password account
Email accounts Rego account for online services - email@example.com
Key Email accounts to know about:
Note: At the time of writing, Pat Allan (@pat) has access to the DNSimple account that manages forwarding of these email accounts.