Blocker Confessional & Bugbash*
What are the three highest priorities for your FLOSS project, what's blocking you, and can we help? A guided discussion, and a hackfest.
You will emerge from Open Source Bridge with more can-do spirit and how-to knowledge. But what problem will you attack first? Are you forgetting dependencies, confusing the important with the urgent, or avoiding working on a critical problem?
Come to Blocker Talk to discover your priorities and impediments. Seasoned project manager Sumana Harihareswara will lead each project leader or representative through:
- a quick, structured status assessment
- a Five Whys session to find the root causes of your project’s obstacles
- open group discussion to share tips and resources for fixing those causes
You might discover that one easy-to-fix issue is holding you back. Or that a known bug is more important than you’d thought, and you need to change your roadmap. Or that there’s a FLOSS tool that makes your worldchanging idea trivial to implement. You and your peers will then settle in for 70 minutes of concentrated work time: hacking, writing documentation, installing infrastructure, or whatever your new top priority is.
Don’t leave it to chance; come to Blocker Talk and you’ll leave with your obstacles named, your priorities clear, your tools in hand, and new momentum.
Session limited to four projects.
She was most recently Senior Technical Writer at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she worked in the Engineering Community Team (formerly TLDR). She has worked at Collabora, GNOME, QuestionCopyright.org, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, and Salon.com, and contributed to the MediaWiki, AltLaw, Empathy, Miro, and Zeitgeist open source projects. She was a blogger at GeekFeminism and a member of the board of directors of the Ada Initiative, and was editor and release organizer for GNOME Journal. Harihareswara has presented at Foo Camp, PyCon 2014, Open Source Bridge 2013, Open Source Bridge 2012, Open Source Bridge 2011, Open Source Bridge 2010, several Wikimanias, and MindCamp Seattle 2008, and keynoted PICC. She has led or organized several Wikimedia hackathons, taught several courses at UC Berkeley, and performed at Bay Area stand-up comedy venues. She holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University and participated in the Recurse Center in 2013 and 2014, and lives in New York City.
If you want to keep up with her, you can check out Cogito, Ergo Sumana for blogging or @brainwane for microblogging.