On past 28 January, as part of the Project Management subject, we had some talks in MadridOnRails about different aspects of project management and comunity organization in FLOSS projects, among other things.
In my opinion the most interesting talk was that of Adriaan de Groot, vice president of KDE, who showed a very entertaining presentation about KDE project (that is not just something blue), its role within the project and the KDE evolution and the community organization, focusing on several important issues, such as in the opinion of Adriaan about where to search for profiles with the abilities of Community Manager, he exposed that it is easier to find people who have social skills to do this role outside of the community than between the more technical profiles of the community.
I agree with this approach, because I think trying to find this type of profile within the community may pose major problems, such as that person is already very attached psychologically to the project and / or its members, which may cause not be partial in their decisions or to take ill-advised decisions on project management. In this way when entering from outside a community, you can get an overview or the whole community, not from the defects of which are available when you are a member of this community. This not mean that it is possible to find a good Community Manager within a project, I just think it’s easier to find outside.