Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

Community Leadership Summit: July 2010, Portland

Great to see the 2nd annual Community Leadership Summit booked for July 17th & 18th in Portland, Oregon. I was at the first CLS event last year in San Jose. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot as well. And I saw a bunch of OpenSolaris people participating by running sessions, too. If you build communities -- which means you run user groups, drive communications programs, create contribution mechanisms, manage engineering operations, host community infrastructure, evangelize the benefits of engaging, or contribute in other ways directly -- then you are a leader (leadership by doing, I mean), and the community would benefit from your experience. This is not a traditional conference where only a select few present. Instead, everyone can present. Check it out.

Saturday Jul 25, 2009

Community Leadership Summit: Photos

Here are some images from the Community Leadership Summit (CLS 2009 Retrospecitve by Jono Bacon) last weekend in San Jose. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to participate in this event. I didn't have a chance to check out OSCON, which followed CLS, but I think this un-conference style of gathering better fits my interests anyway (see this tag here for BarCamp & other community events events in Tokyo). I hope the photos came out ok ...

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Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

Community Leadership Summit

I'm heading to the Community Leadership Summit this weekend in San Jose, California. Jono Bacon's gig. I'm looking forward to meeting many others who build software communities around the world. I know and respect many of the people planning to attend, so it should be great fun. And it should be a hugely valuable experience, too.



I have an agenda in mind for my time. It's only a weekend, so I need to probe some issues as deeply as I can. I'd especially like to explore how software engineering and user communities are built across language and cultural barriers. That's the biggest deal for me since I live the issue every day and I believe there are big opportunities involved.

Other stuff: How/why do some communities seem to emerge organically (do they really?), while others are built using significant resources and sometimes face big challenges in the process. How do you manage around community dependence issues while investing resources? I know it's not popular to discuss, but I'll be asking people about competitive challenges they face while building communities. Over the years, many have told me that communities shouldn't be competitive (companies compete and communities cooperate, right?), but I've come to question and largely reject that line. I can point to many cases where it's absolutely true, but I also have lots of painful experience demonstrating that it's a lot of BS (I think it depends greatly on geography, culture, placement in the community, and politics).

More: Where is the line distinguishing building from natural evolution? And who defines the difference? On governance issues: Do you start out building with governance in place or let it emerge naturally over time? Do you build a top-down governing system, or let structures bubble up from the bottom when (and if) they are needed? And how do you resolve governance vs development methodologies? How do you measure growth or quality or whatever else you're building? What are the distinctions between building community from the platform of a major corporation vs building community while actually living out in the community itself? How are community development and engineering operations implemented differently around the world? How is community actually defined differently in various regions? Those are some of the issues I'll be poking.

And finally, I'd really love to see how people feel about the issue of "leadership" in communities. That's the name of the conference, after all, and it's an issue we've wrestled with on OpenSolaris forever. My opinion on leadership has evolved greatly over time, but I'm clearly moving in a specific direction lately and feel much more comfortable asserting my view on leadership.

Tuesday Aug 07, 2007

A DTrace Grand Slam

A Grand Slam from Adam Leventhal ...

Monday Jul 30, 2007

An Evening of Heavy Drinking

I love great quotes. Here's one from Ars at Ubuntu Live: Sun's booth in the exhibit hall: "I'm sure the folks from Sun were taking notes at Ubuntu Live and gaining some insight into the Ubuntu community-building process. Sun had a pretty strong presence at the conference. They even hosted a party with free beer, which is a pretty good strategy for Sun, because an evening of heavy drinking is probably the only thing that could make a current Ubuntu user think that installing OpenSolaris on a personal computer is a good idea at this point. We can only hope that Project Indiana will close the gap and make OpenSolaris a stronger choice for the desktop." -- Ryan Paul

So, it takes getting really drunk before you'd think if putting Solaris Express (Sun's distro of OpenSolaris) or any of the other four OpenSolaris-based distros on a laptop? Oh, it's not that bad, my goodness. :) If I can install Solaris Express than that means we've made gigantic headway because I know next to nothing about Unix technology. And things are improving (here, here, here) all the time. I have Ubuntu on one of my laptops, and it's quite nice, no question about it. But being open for just 25 months, I'd say we're doing quite nicely, too. Have people forgotten that?

Great quote, though ....
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