September 13-16, 2022
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Thursday, September 15 • 18:00 - 18:40
Avoiding Maslow’s Hammer: Or the Problem of the Birmingham Screwdriver in Open Source Non-profits - Stephen R Walli, Microsoft

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Maslow’s Hammer refers to the adage that if all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Non-profits serve open source project communities in very particular ways. Creating non-profits to support the community’s work takes skill and thoughtfulness, often as much as the work building the community itself around the project. The successful creation of the non-profit structure can lead to the next wave of growth for the community. An unhealthy non-profit is a drain on everyone’s energy.  This talk provides a framework for understanding how a non-profit solves certain inescapable problems that successful open source project communities encounter in their growth. It provides practices and processes and tools to engage partners in creating successful non-profits. It looks at a number of real world examples. Anti-patterns are presented along the way.

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Stephen Walli

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Inc
I am a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. I have worked with open source software in the product space for 30+ years. I have been a technical executive, a founder and consultant, a writer and author, a systems... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 18:00 - 18:40 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 1 (Level 2)
  Community Leadership Conference