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Tuesday Jul 14, 2009
By jimgris on Jul 14, 2009
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.
Monday Mar 27, 2006
By jimgris on Mar 27, 2006
Best wishes to John Loiacono,
executive vice president of Sun's Software business unit. He's on his
way to Adobe just down the street in San Jose. Nineteen years at Sun.
Amazing. I was always impressed with JohnnyL. With his optimism and his
drive and his willingness to learn and do whatever was necessary to get
the job done. He's a class act. He always treated me well, too. Many
times executives don't notice us little guys, but I never had that
impression with him. Every time I spoke with him I felt he was
genuinely listening. Johnny also helped me get this job on OpenSolaris.
A few years ago, I had heard that we were going to open Solaris, and I
was all over it. If true, it would represent the single biggest
opportunity at Sun in a very long time. Well, a few emails to the boss
(at the time, he ran Solaris engineering), and he connected me with the
team staffing up to do just that -- open source Solaris. Very cool.
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