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Published on Apr 14, 2012
Allison Randal Allison Randal is a Debian and Ubuntu developer, specializing in C and dynamic languages (Perl/Python/Ruby/etc). She is on the board of directors of The Perl Foundation, co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders, and founder and president of Onyx Neon Press. Her current hobby is astrophysics. Introduction: Thousands of open source projects are in constant development around the world. The key obstacles for these projects, and indeed for any software project, aren't technical factors but human factors. Excellent ideas, and even excellent implementations, can be derailed by issues that have nothing to do with the roadmap, specifications, or code. This talk explores some of the top best practices for healthy collaboration, touching on topics like open discussion, respect, working with upstreams and downstreams, preparing for and handling "real-life" interruptions, and the life-cycle of contributor involvement.