“First thing I want to ask you about: Tell me about your results. I never get hard work confused with success. So I’d walk you through the successes, and what did you do right.
I’d also ask you to tell me about your failures. And that’s something people make a tremendous mistake on. First, all of us have had mistakes and failures. And it’s surprising how many people say, ‘Well, I can’t think of one.’ That immediately loses credibility. It’s the ability to be very candid on what mistakes they’ve made, and then the question is, what would you do differently this time?”
John Chambers, Cisco Chairman/CEO
If you haven’t made a mistake on an OSS project then you haven’t worked on an OSS project. But rather than look at it from the negative perspective, looking back on your OctopOSS experiences what would you do differently and better this time around?
PassionateAboutOSS.com exists to suggest ways that OSS can be done better. For example, this link provides a Five-Whys analysis on how OSS projects can be done better.
As John Chambers alludes to, if you don’t have the self-awareness to realise and catalogue flaws/errors/mistakes then you are also unlikely to have the fuel for the self improvement and continual learning that is essential in our industry.
I’d love to hear your experiences and how you believe OSS can be done better.