Growing your open source project

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Proposal
Long Form
Beginner

Excerpt

Many open source software projects are interested in growing their user and contributor bases, but it can be hard to know where to start. This workshop will cover a number of steps projects can take to be more welcoming. Participants will work through a variety of structured, hands-on activities.

Description

Many open source software projects are interested in growing their user and contributor bases, but it can be hard to know where to start. This workshop will cover a number of steps projects can take to be more welcoming. Participants will work through a variety of structured, hands-on activities, including:

  • Trying out “Getting Started” materials, such as installation and contributor guides, and giving feedback on their accuracy and accessibility.
  • Running quick user tests and processing the feedback.
  • Role-playing interactions with newcomers to the project.
  • Promoting your project through social media and in-person events.

Participants will go through these activities in pairs or small groups. In between activities, we’ll come together to discuss and record the lessons learned from the exercises.

All kinds of attendees are welcome. Those who do not currently have a free software project to contribute to will be paired with those who do, and can learn these useful tools to apply in the future.

Tags

workshop, community, testing, onboarding, promotion

Speaking experience

I have given talks on open source outreach at Reflections | Projections (2012), SCaLE (2014), OSBridge (2014), Grace Hopper (2014) and Tapia (2015), and have accepted talks on the topic at LibrePlanet (2015) and PyCon (2015). I've also talked about how privilege influences communication at Alterconf Boston (2014) and on open science at LibrePlanet (2014). I have spoken on various psychology topics at Sprout, a community science center (2011, 2012). I also have extensive experience speaking at workshops, unconferences, and meetups.

I will be leading this workshop at LibrePlanet in March 2015.

Speaker