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Monday, October 26 • 13:00 - 13:50
Sharing the Load Effectively: Roles and Responsibilities in Open Source Projects - Jeffrey Osier-Mixon, Linux Foundation

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Success is almost always about setting & meeting expectations. This presentation details the standard roles within large-scale open source projects, and expectations associated with those roles. In addition, it covers best practices for community-led executive roles - board directors and officers, committee leaders, and others - as well as roles often contracted to foundations in order to stay neutral, such as executive director or program manager. Jefro will share experiences, revelations, and mistakes from over 10 years as an administrator and project leader, and as a technical contributor going back to the early days of open source. Open source projects are often a labor of love, and while it is tempting for many of us to step into gaps in order to fulfill the needs of a favorite project, it is possible to end up sprinting all the time. However, as the Zambian proverb says - When you run alone, you run fast; when you run together, you run far. It is more effective - and more in line with open source values - to share the load and go for the longer distance. (As a bonus, this also usually ends up being faster as well!)

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Jefro Osier-Mixon

Program Manager, Linux Foundation
"Jefro" Osier-Mixon has been an open source professional since the early 1990s as a technical writer and occasional developer as well as community manager, program manager, and OSPO leader. His primary activities over the years have included the Yocto Project, Zephyr Project, GNU... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 13:00 - 13:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater
  Community Leadership, Open Source Governance and Models