A picture is worth a thousand words

For The Pragmatic Programmers, I shared the story of how making a diagram helped me find a bug in an example. I was working on a chapter of Program Management for Open Source Projects about process design. I included an example process. When I started making a sample diagram for it, I realized I didn’t write it well.

One of the interesting things about writing a book is learning the lessons you’re trying to share with your readers. I almost never sketch out processes when I’m working on them. But it turns out there’s a reason that I suggested it (and it’s not just to make the book a little longer).

This post’s featured image by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

Ben is a principal program manager at Red Hat, focused on the Fedora Project. He is the author of Program Management for Open Source Projects. Ben is an Open Organization Ambassador and frequent conference speaker. His personal website is Funnel Fiasco.

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