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Working in a Virtual Community

       Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com>
                    <
               http://lenzg.n...
$ whoami




1998          2002



2008          2010?
MySQL AB, Jan 2008
Advantages
●   Contribute from anywhere
●   Setting your own work schedule
●   Time zone coverage
●   Less distractions
Personal Requirements
●   Skills
     ● Communication
     ● Language (English)


     ● System administration


●   Self-...
Disadvantages
●   Work/life balance
●   Isolation
●   Time zone differences
●   Communication overhead
●   Decision making...
Language / Culture Barriers
Passion and Disagreement
Social Aspects
●   Trust
●   Leadership
●   Mission and Culture
●   Open & direct communication
Collaboration
Collaboration Tools
●   Mailing lists / Forums / Archives
●   Wikis / Documentation
●   Public / Shared Calendar
●   IRC /...
Collaboration Tools (2)
●   Public Issue/Feature Trackers
●   Automated builds / Continous Integration
●   Downloadable sn...
Meetings & Conferences
Travel
$ cat /etc/motd
Questions / Discussion

    Thank you!

     Lenz Grimmer
 <lenz@grimmer.com>
   http://lenzg.net/
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  1. 1. Working in a Virtual Community Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com> < http://lenzg.net/ 2009-09-17 | openSUSE Conference 09 | Nuremberg, DE
  2. 2. $ whoami 1998 2002 2008 2010?
  3. 3. MySQL AB, Jan 2008
  4. 4. Advantages ● Contribute from anywhere ● Setting your own work schedule ● Time zone coverage ● Less distractions
  5. 5. Personal Requirements ● Skills ● Communication ● Language (English) ● System administration ● Self-motivation ● Working in isolation ● Fast/reliable Internet connection
  6. 6. Disadvantages ● Work/life balance ● Isolation ● Time zone differences ● Communication overhead ● Decision making processes
  7. 7. Language / Culture Barriers
  8. 8. Passion and Disagreement
  9. 9. Social Aspects ● Trust ● Leadership ● Mission and Culture ● Open & direct communication
  10. 10. Collaboration
  11. 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. 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. 13. Meetings & Conferences
  14. 14. Travel
  15. 15. $ cat /etc/motd
  16. 16. Questions / Discussion Thank you! Lenz Grimmer <lenz@grimmer.com> http://lenzg.net/
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