Importance of Communication
A while ago I found Lars Kurthâ€™s presentation from Package Owner workshop held in Finland. The presentation itself was very interesting and it has very good points how to get people to participate. As I mentioned previous posts that openness, sharing and collaboration are in major role when â€œcreating environment that permits innovationâ€ Lars has very good points how to enable this around the package.
One thing that came up from Larsâ€™s presentation was importance of communication. There are different aspects where communication is very important. Lars pointed out that package owners must communicate very actively to get community involved around the package. Package owners must be very active communicators and they need to use and follow different communication channels like mailing lists, forums, blogs, wikis, Bugzilla, you name it.
Communication is important when promoting package and getting contribution to it. The same comes with my ambitious task: I must promote this activity in different channels. I write this blog, I have used different forums and wikis. I have not been doing this long time and I can say that getting contributions from others is very big challenge. Thatâ€™s why I was wondering if Larsâ€™s example would help me in my challenging task. If I follow steps from Larsâ€™s presentation and do the following things:
- Be present and responsive: Wiki pages for â€œInnovative environment and its enablersâ€, own mailing lists and discussion forum.
- Evangelizing about â€œinnovative environment enablersâ€: Creating â€œbuzzâ€, this blog and other online medias like Twitter and other social media services.
- Actively recruiting contributors: positions open for people who has experience in building innovative communities 🙂
What do you think? Would these actions work also in other areas in open source communities?
Thatâ€™s all from this time. Happy and collaborative new year 2010!