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Focus
the value
of choosing
just
thing at
the bazaar
John O’Nolan
@JohnONolan
Focus
Focus
The art
and science

of saying
NO
The Beauty
of
Open Source
Company
This. is.
software development.
Company
LOLpany
The entire web
is built on

open source
js

android
codeigniter

sourceforge

django boilerplate

redhat
Normalize Drupal
GPL
mysql
mit
wordpress

github

Linux

...
The Curse
of
Open Source
Company
Company
Company
0.1s faster!!
6 months work
REWRITE IT
IN RAILS

I want a
pink version!
I WANT IT TO
BE SMALLER, BIGGER, UPSIDE
DO...
Company
Company
Company

NO
YES!
YES!
YES!
YES!
YES!

YES!

YES!

YES!

yes?
Why is it so Hard For
open source to Focus?
When You say No
Everyone will
disagree with you
Even When y0u’re right
No wireless.
Less space than a nomad.
Lame.
Slashdot
All that hype for an MP3 player?
Break-thru digital device?
!

The Reality Distortion Field is
starting to warp Steve's mi...
Saying No is HArd
Platform Thinking
The most amazing thing
is that people use this product
in ways we never even imagined
New Feature
Does it make
this a better
mp3 player?

No

Yes

Kill it

Merge it!
New Feature
Does it enable people
to use this thing
in a way we
never even imagined?

Does it make
this a better
mp3 playe...
No Purpose
BuilD the Technology

Figure out How People Use it
Figure Out How People Use It

Build The Technology
YES!
YES!
YES!
YES!
YES!

YES!

NOOOOOOOOOO!!!1!11!

YES!
Node.js
Month #1
4,000,000 pageviews
85,000 Users
75,000 Package Downloads
6,500 Github Stars
Why Node.js?
Old vs New
Out of The Box
With Opcache
Under Normal Load

680% faster
190% faster
1,900% faster

Source: http://bit.ly/fas...
What Now?
Find a purpose
Say No
Make the Technology work
around the user
Be Confident
First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.
Ghandi
Let’s make open source better

John O’Nolan
@johnonolan
Photo Credits

Rick Nunn
Axel Tregoning
Moyan Brenn
William Stern
Marcin Wichary
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  1. 1. Focus the value of choosing just thing at the bazaar
  2. 2. John O’Nolan @JohnONolan
  3. 3. Focus
  4. 4. Focus The art and science of saying
  5. 5. NO
  6. 6. The Beauty of Open Source
  7. 7. Company
  8. 8. This. is. software development.
  9. 9. Company
  10. 10. LOLpany
  11. 11. The entire web is built on open source
  12. 12. js android codeigniter sourceforge django boilerplate redhat Normalize Drupal GPL mysql mit wordpress github Linux rscore Ruby on Rails Bootstrap redhat ubuntu backbone GNU Apa joomla zend php
  13. 13. The Curse of Open Source
  14. 14. Company
  15. 15. Company
  16. 16. Company 0.1s faster!! 6 months work REWRITE IT IN RAILS I want a pink version! I WANT IT TO BE SMALLER, BIGGER, UPSIDE DOWN, AND WITH CHOCOLATE FUCKING SPRINKLES I want 50GB of free storage!
  17. 17. Company
  18. 18. Company
  19. 19. Company NO
  20. 20. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! yes?
  21. 21. Why is it so Hard For open source to Focus?
  22. 22. When You say No Everyone will disagree with you Even When y0u’re right
  23. 23. No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame. Slashdot
  24. 24. All that hype for an MP3 player? Break-thru digital device? ! The Reality Distortion Field is starting to warp Steve's mind if he thinks for one second that this thing is gonna take off. Macrumors Commenter
  25. 25. Saying No is HArd
  26. 26. Platform Thinking
  27. 27. The most amazing thing is that people use this product in ways we never even imagined
  28. 28. New Feature Does it make this a better mp3 player? No Yes Kill it Merge it!
  29. 29. New Feature Does it enable people to use this thing in a way we never even imagined? Does it make this a better mp3 player? No Yes Kill it Merge it!
  30. 30. No Purpose
  31. 31. BuilD the Technology Figure out How People Use it
  32. 32. Figure Out How People Use It Build The Technology
  33. 33. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!1!11! YES!
  34. 34. Node.js
  35. 35. Month #1 4,000,000 pageviews 85,000 Users 75,000 Package Downloads 6,500 Github Stars
  36. 36. Why Node.js?
  37. 37. Old vs New Out of The Box With Opcache Under Normal Load 680% faster 190% faster 1,900% faster Source: http://bit.ly/fastghost
  38. 38. What Now?
  39. 39. Find a purpose
  40. 40. Say No
  41. 41. Make the Technology work around the user
  42. 42. Be Confident
  43. 43. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Ghandi
  44. 44. Let’s make open source better John O’Nolan @johnonolan
  45. 45. Photo Credits Rick Nunn Axel Tregoning Moyan Brenn William Stern Marcin Wichary

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