27 Jan 2021, 7:01 a.m.

Gaps in Existing Guidance on Open Source & Software Management

I'm working on a book proposal for the full-length book version of Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects (38-page sampler available now for free download when you subscribe to Changeset Consulting's email newsletter (1-10 …

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24 Jan 2021, 17:21 p.m.

Outline and Links for "How To Get A Project Unstuck" LCA Talk

Here's a brief outline, and relevant links, for the talk I'm about to give at Linux.Conf.Au: "How To Get A Project Unstuck -- And Fixing The Skill Gaps That Got Us Here". I am not …

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23 Jan 2021, 6:36 a.m.

Advice From My Book Helps The Autoconf Project Assess Itself

A few weeks ago, I released a sampler from my upcoming book on rejuvenating open source projects: Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects. It's like a lengthy trailer in text form. You can get …

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12 Jan 2021, 10:09 a.m.

Compassion Heist

I just devoured All the Young Men, a memoir by Ruth Coker Burks with Kevin Carr O'Leary. In just a few years, in 1980s and 1990s Hot Springs, Arkansas, a young single mother became the …

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01 Jan 2021, 15:50 p.m.

New Free Ebook Sampler from "Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects"

I've written and released a sampler from my upcoming book on rejuvenating open source projects: Getting Unstuck: Advice for Open Source Projects. It's like a lengthy trailer in text form. You can get this 38-page …

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21 Dec 2020, 9:31 a.m.

Graduating From The I-Didn't-Graduate Dream

I used to have dreams that, oh no, I didn't actually finish high school and need to go back and finish a class or exam. I hear this is pretty common. I thought I'd graduated …

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11 Dec 2020, 16:50 p.m.

Two Upcoming Sumana-Talks-At-You Events

Most urgently: You have just over 24 hours to back the Mermaids Monthly project on Kickstarter, supporting a fun, independent speculative fiction magazine for 2021. If you back at the $100 “Subscription, Pin, and Poetry” …

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11 Dec 2020, 11:17 a.m.

On Realizing There Was Still Some American Exceptionalism Lurking In My Brain

One of the most valuable things I treasure about the Internet is that I can have a glimpse into the lives of people who live a very different life from mine. I regularly read the …

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07 Dec 2020, 7:55 a.m.

Reflecting on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The other night I watched two films in a row: Knock Down The House, the documentary about four progressive candidates running to unseat Democratic incumbents in the 2018 US election, and Douglas, Hannah Gadsby's comedy …

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02 Dec 2020, 17:35 p.m.

Ashwatthama (The Elephant)

I read the comic book version of the Mahabharata as a kid (thank you, Amar Chitra Katha!) and many of its stories stayed with me. As I recollected in a newspaper column in 2005: Yudhisthira …

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