Acting yourself into a new way of OSS thinking

It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking, than it is to think yourself into a new way of acting.”
Millard Fuller

The agile, lean documentation delivery models of today have the huge advantage of gaining momentum on OSS projects. No longer do we have the big-bang cutovers, but we start with barely viable solutions and progressively build on them. It starts out with the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) delivery model.

To Millard Fuller’s point, generating momentum by actions (ie product releases) brings about new ways of thinking and associated operational change – far faster than trying to generate momentum through talking / thinking / documenting OSS transformations.

The caveat on this model though is that somebody on the team has to have the clear understanding of where the product is going. Otherwise there can be the tendency for the agile backlog to drag the team down rabbit-holes.

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