Assholes are killing your project

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Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 3:50 – 4:35pm in Hawthorne

Excerpt

The strength of your community is the best predictor of your project's long-term viability. What happens when your community is gradually infiltrated by assholes, who infect everyone else with their constant negativity and personal attacks? This talk will teach you about the dramatic impact assholes are having on your organization today and will show you how you can begin to repair it.

Description

The strength of your community is the best predictor of your project’s long-term viability. What happens when your community is gradually infiltrated by assholes, who infect everyone else with their constant negativity and personal attacks? Although one person may be a valuable technical contributor, that one person will never contribute as much to the project as the many people who are scared away and demotivated.

How can you defuse these time bombs and prevent your project’s destruction? The level of closeness of personal connections between members of your community has a huge impact on the likelihood a conversation will descend into the kinds of personal attacks that send people running from your project. Another key realization is that technical ability and social ability are orthogonal concepts, and both are a requirement for a competent contributor. You can’t just have one or the other, and more of one never balances out less of the other.

This talk will teach you about the dramatic impact assholes are having on your organization today and will show you how you can begin to repair it.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Donnie Berkholz

    Gentoo Linux

    Biography

    Donnie has vast experience at all levels of architecture and leadership at Gentoo Linux, where he’s spent 6 years helping to build a Linux distribution of more than 250 dedicated people and maintains nearly 400 packages.

    Sessions

      • Title: Assholes are killing your project
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: Hawthorne
      • Time: 3:504:35pm
      • Excerpt:

        The strength of your community is the best predictor of your project’s long-term viability. What happens when your community is gradually infiltrated by assholes, who infect everyone else with their constant negativity and personal attacks? This talk will teach you about the dramatic impact assholes are having on your organization today and will show you how you can begin to repair it.

      • Speakers: Donnie Berkholz