Linus Torvalds on Project Management

“The first thing [people get wrong about open source projects] is thinking that you can throw things out there and ask people to help… That’s not how it works. You make it public, and then you assume that you’ll have to do all the work, and ask people to come up with suggestions of what you should do, not what they should do. Maybe they’ll start helping eventually, but you should start off with the assumption that you’re going to be the one maintaining it and ready to do all the work… If you start off with some ‘kumba-ya feeling’ where you think people from all the world are going to come together to make a better world by working together on your project, you probably won’t be going very far.” — Linus Torvalds (full article)

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