The second beta release of Program Management for Open Source Projects is now available from the The Pragmatic Bookshelf. This release contains bug fixes and performance improvements, of course. I also added a chapter on building relationships and communicating.
No one can be a successful program manager if they can’t work well with others—that’s the whole job. That goes doubly so in open source communities, where you have no (or little) organizational authority. Leadership in open source is entirely based on trust and influence, and you have to build those. You don’t get to inherit them from your predecessor.
As I was writing this chapter, I struggled with how much to include. Do I talk about how to write? Do I explain how to win friends and influence people? In the end, I decided to assume that my reader knew how to make friends and write coherently. I wanted to keep the book focused and not to too far astray, particularly in an early chapter.
This is where feedback from beta readers helps. Does the new chapter assume too much? What advice would you like to see? If you find something confusing, missing, wrong, or otherwise “buggy” in this or any other chapter, please let me know.
If you’ve already purchased a beta copy, thank you! You should have received a notification that an update is available. This release—and future releases—are already yours. If you haven’t purchased the book yet, you can buy it DRM-free in PDF, epub, and mobi formats directly from The Pragmatic Bookshelf.
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