The Monster on the Project

Short Form


Abusive behaviour can have profound effects on personal relationships but it can also make open source contributing and office life miserable. For those stuck in a team with co workers who exhibit toxic behavior, going to work every day can feel like going to a battlefield. Knowing how to identify and how to respond to unreasonable behavior is vital. In this talk we will look at the ways we can improve our office and FOSS communities by recognizing, managing and gracefully removing this toxic behavior.


This talk will help the audience to recognize abusive behavior in a professional context; what it looks like, how it can affect the people targeted by it and how it can kill projects. I will also discuss ways to manage toxic behavior on a project and steps to take if you find yourself the target of such behavior.

Speaking experience

I have spoken at 10 conferences in the last two years. Further information and videos can be found at This talk was delivered at LibrePlanet 2017.


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    Tibbs recently graduated from the University of West of Scotland with a degree in computer security. She has relocated to Portland, OR, where she evangelizes for privacy and security while contracting as an open source Security Evaluation Engineer at Intel. She is passionate about encouraging small children to take the plunge into STEM and about laughing at cats on the internet.