Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Tag
Management and Leadership

15 Dec 2021, 17:00 p.m.

A Tale Of Code Review Review

I was talking with Jacob as he was writing his blog post about "reverse" code review (asking a job candidate to review code you wrote), and told him a memory from early 2012, back when …

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30 Nov 2021, 10:14 a.m.

Sign Up Now For Free Maintainer Skills Workshops

Maintainers of open source projects often need help learning how to address issues such as "how do we recruit and promote project members?", "what do we spend our money on?", and "how do I finally …

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24 Nov 2021, 9:48 a.m.

Health Insurance & Retirement Plans For Open Source Maintainers

This is huge. The Open Collective Foundation has just announced: "OCF now offers employment options to initiative workers—with health insurance!" As that page says: "Initiatives fiscally hosted by OCF can have employees, with access to …

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03 Jul 2021, 16:45 p.m.

Researching The Leadership Gap for Legacy Projects

I've given a lot of conference talks recently. As part of the PyCon US Maintainers' Summit in May, I delivered an eight-minute talk, "Researching the leadership gap for legacy projects". The video is now available, …

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29 Apr 2021, 16:07 p.m.

Thinking About Safety And Competing Access Needs

I don't have much to say about this but this piece ("safe spaces and competing access needs") and this discussion ("Safe" isn't a monolith.) have been rolling around in my head a lot, and I …

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09 Apr 2021, 13:11 p.m.

If You Call Me A Thought Leader For This Post I Will Give You A Stern Look

In scifi/fantasy fandom there's this phrase, "Big Name Fan". This is someone who is well-known, influential, for the fannish things they say and do and make. The idea is that a BNF is a minor …

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22 Mar 2021, 21:09 p.m.

A Spec For A Sandboxed Open Source Project Environment

I'm writing a book on maintaining legacy open source projects to help teach people vital skills. Right now, as far as I know, there's no textbook or course you can work through to learn skills …

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16 Mar 2021, 20:18 p.m.

MozFest 2021 Followup: Apply for Grants To Fund Open Source Work

This session was in two parts: a fifteen-minute video (a remix of the session I delivered at PyOhio, with five additional minutes of material) a one-hour discussion The additional material in the MozFest video (slides, …

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15 Mar 2021, 11:21 a.m.

Rick Steves, Underappreciated

Jacob Kaplan-Moss suggested I write this up so here you go! This weekend I listened to the "How I Built This" interview with entrepreneur Rick Steves. You may have heard of Rick Steves and thought …

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12 Mar 2021, 15:25 p.m.

MozFest 2021 Followup: How To Get A Project Unstuck

This one-hour discussion session covered some of the same material as my Linux.Conf.Au 2021 lecture, on "How To Get A Project Unstuck -- And Fixing The Skill Gaps That Got Us Here" (outline and links; …

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