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Slides of my opening keynote at the openSUSE Conference (http://conference.opensuse.org/) on 2009-09-17

Slides of my opening keynote at the openSUSE Conference (http://conference.opensuse.org/) on 2009-09-17

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  • 1. Working in a Virtual Community Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com> < http://lenzg.net/ 2009-09-17 | openSUSE Conference 09 | Nuremberg, DE
  • 2. $ whoami 1998 2002 2008 2010?
  • 3. MySQL AB, Jan 2008
  • 4. Advantages ● Contribute from anywhere ● Setting your own work schedule ● Time zone coverage ● Less distractions
  • 5. Personal Requirements ● Skills ● Communication ● Language (English) ● System administration ● Self-motivation ● Working in isolation ● Fast/reliable Internet connection
  • 6. Disadvantages ● Work/life balance ● Isolation ● Time zone differences ● Communication overhead ● Decision making processes
  • 7. Language / Culture Barriers
  • 8. Passion and Disagreement
  • 9. Social Aspects ● Trust ● Leadership ● Mission and Culture ● Open & direct communication
  • 10. Collaboration
  • 11. Collaboration Tools ● Mailing lists / Forums / Archives ● Wikis / Documentation ● Public / Shared Calendar ● IRC / Chat (AIM, ICQ, Jabber, etc.) ● Skype / VoIP (Asterisk) ● Social Networks / (Micro-) Blogs ● News aggregators
  • 12. Collaboration Tools (2) ● Public Issue/Feature Trackers ● Automated builds / Continous Integration ● Downloadable snapshot builds ● DVCS (Bazaar, git, Mercurial) ● Source Code Browsers / Cross References
  • 13. Meetings & Conferences
  • 14. Travel
  • 15. $ cat /etc/motd
  • 16. Questions / Discussion Thank you! Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com> http://lenzg.net/