Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
My Upstream Talk Tomorrow: Cadence Shear
My 25-minute talk "Cadence shear: Managing rhythm and tempo mismatches in participation" is in 1 day: 2:30-3pm EDT on Tuesday, June 7th, as part of Upstream 2022. Registration is free and the conference is online. (I mentioned this last week in my email newsletter along with some recent writing, a few useful new tools and resources, and some places hiring people to do open source.)
Sometimes different participant groups want different project velocities and rhythms. That’s cadence shear. Like when:
In general, cadence shear is a problem where different subsets of the team are attuned to different deadlines, or have different levels of urgency for project progress.
This is a problem of success. Congratulations: your open source project includes contributors with genuinely different incentives and from genuinely different contexts!
Let’s talk about some of the participant configurations that you see in this situation – paid plus volunteers, volunteers plus time-limited paid, paid teams in a consortium, and volunteers with disparate deadline affiliations – and some approaches to learning and addressing everyone’s expectations.
The talk is prerecorded, and I'll be posting the text of the talk on my blog tomorrow; attend live to participate in Q&A. Hope to see you there!