Cool Ideas

To create cool ideas you have to hang around cool people. Magicians and madmen inspire creative thought not pencil-pushers and bean-counters.”
Don The Idea Guy Snyder
in his 100 Whats of Creativity

My first OSS project had more “characters” (Magicians and Madmen perhaps?) than all other projects in my 15+ year career combined. Reunions with team members from that project always bring a torrent of weird and wonderful stories flooding back.

I wonder if that’s why so many very cool ideas were spawned on that project – from auto-discovery to flow-through provisioning and a huge number of other innovations for the vendor I consulted to.

Have your most creative projects also been built in an environment of characters?

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