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Project Management

The Project Management Committee (PMC) was formed by the Apache Board in September 1999. This Committee consists of X founding members, one of whom is the founding Chairman. The term of the Chairman is one year. There is no term limit for members. The list of current members can be found in our Project Credits.


The PMC is responsible for the strategic direction and success of the Project. This governing body is expected to ensure the project's welfare and guide its overall direction. The PMC may not necessarily participate in the day-to-day coding but is involved in the overall development plans, the alleviation of any bottlenecks, the resolution of conflicts, and the overall technical success of the project.

The PMC is answerable to the Apache Board with its Chairman serving as primary liaison.


The PMC meets monthly with a majority of its members to discuss issues, determine strategic direction, and forward progress. These meetings may take place online, via teleconference, or via other means deemed effective by the PMC. The PMC has an annual meeting at which time a new Chairman is elected. The old Chairman maintains membership status.


PMC members may resign at any time. The Chairman may resign as Chairman at any time without resigning membership to the PMC. The Chairman or any member may be removed from the PMC by a 3/4 vote of the PMC.

New members may be elected to the PMC. In order to be elected, a person must have served as a Committer and be nominated by a PMC Member. Once nominated, all of the PMC will vote and those receiving a 3/4 positive vote will become a member.