ThoughtWorks says a couple of things on their radar FAQ about the Technology Advisory Board who puts together their radar:
The TAB is a group of twenty or so senior technologists at ThoughtWorks. …
Rebecca [the CTO] chooses the membership of the TAB based on forming a group that can represent as wide a range as possible of technology leaders within ThoughtWorks. … The TAB shouldn’t be seen as the top table of developers at ThoughtWorks, there are plenty of important developers that aren’t on it, but a representative selection of the technology leadership.
In my mind, the idea for us is to create a consensus statement of “this is what OpenMRS tech leadership thinks” about technologies and approaches. And that statement has to come from “tech leadership.” /dev/4 and /dev/5/ seems pretty analogous to this.
(As an alternate approach, I’d actually want to insist on people actively writing/maintaining code for implementations and modules. But /dev/4 and /dev/5/ feels like a good enough proxy for that.)
PS- If there are people who should be dev4s and dev5s who aren’t, we should get them appropriately categorized.