“I don’t subscribe to the ‘great man’ theory of the world. I’d much rather create fertile soil for other innovators to plant their seeds in than just water my own tree.”
As the old saying goes, “There’s no I in OSS Team”. No matter how awesome you are or how small your OctopOSS is, or even if you are the MVP (Most Valuable Player), you’re still not the only tree in the forest on an OSS project.
Create the fertile soil for those around you and you’ll deliver better outcomes personally and as a team as well as getting broader recognition. That especially includes support of customer staff if you’re part of the vendor integration team. No matter how good your software is, if the client’s team can’t figure out how to use it, then you’re doomed to failure.