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Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)
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Assholes are killing your project (FOSDEM)

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The strength of your community is the best predictor of your project’s long-term viability. What happens when that community is gradually infiltrated by assholes, who infect everyone else with their …

The strength of your community is the best predictor of your project’s long-term viability. What happens when that community is gradually infiltrated by assholes, who infect everyone else with their constant negativity and personal attacks? Although someone may be a valuable technical contributor, that person will never contribute as much to the project as the many others who are scared away and demotivated. This talk will teach you, using quantified data and academic research from the social sciences, about the dramatic impact assholes are having on your organization today and how you can begin to repair it.

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  • 1. Assholes are killing your project
  • 2. Proving the problem: Gentoo Assholes removed Ubuntu launches Proto-assholes start receiving complaints Ohloh
  • 3. Proving the problem: Glibc Move to Git Drepper inactive Ohloh
  • 4. What isnt an asshole?Conflict is good
  • 5. What is an asshole? A simple testAfter talking to the asshole, does the target feeloppressed, humiliated, de-energized, or belittled?
  • 6. What is an asshole? Look for patterns
  • 7. How many goodinteractions doesit take to cancelout one bad one? Sutton
  • 8. Sutton
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  • 12. Problems assholes cause to targets● 48% decreased their effort● 47% worked less time● 38% dropped their quality● 66% declined in performance● 80% lost time worrying● 63% lost time avoiding● 78% became less committed● 25% quit; 20% of witnesses quit! Sutton
  • 13. Problems assholes cause to projects● Reduced innovation & creativity● Reduced cooperation & cohesion● Cost of targets retribution toward project● Impaired cooperation from external projects & people● Impaired ability to attract the best & brightest● Recruiting more assholes Sutton
  • 14. TCA: Total Cost of Asshole Team lead+ Developer relations team+ Project leadership+ Recruiting & training new developers+ Targets & witnesses __________________ Total Cost of Asshole Sutton
  • 15. An asshole is incompetent Flickr: escapo
  • 16. How do you fix it? Flickr: trp0
  • 17. Flickr: kalandrakas
  • 18. Flickr: hashir
  • 19. How do you prevent it? Flickr: redefyne
  • 20. Be quantitative Flickr: koenvereeken
  • 21. Provide expectations Flickr: mount_otz
  • 22. Want to learn more? Read these
  • 23. In the long run,dealing with assholesis never worth it.
  • 24. Donnie Berkholzdberkholz@redmonk.comTwitter/IRC: dberkholz

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