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Open Sourcing Working

Open Sourcing Working

There’s a debate raging right now. On one side: “GitHub is my resume.” On the other side: “That’s unfair to non-OSS folks and even discriminatory to minorities.”

This is a tricky topic. Land mines abound. This discussion will likely step on some toes. But it’s a conversation we need to have, even if we walk away offended.

It goes far beyond whether your resume is a GitHub profile or a Word .doc file. Embracing OSS for employment doesn’t have to be a disproportional popularity contest. We have to dig far deeper than just looking at someone’s code and trying to use that to determine a good fit for hire. The interactions are far more important than the characters.

Let’s explore first how you open-source your candidacy for employment. Then we’ll explore why employment should embrace this and what it means for the future of interviews and hires. Then we’ll cast a vision for how this will rewire the ways companies interact with the OSS community, even long after the offer letter.


Kyle Simpson

July 23, 2015


  1. http://fitnessontherun.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/We_Are_OPEN_1.jpg

  2. open sourcing working kyle simpson http://getify.me @getify

  3. observations

  4. ip observations

  5. licenses observations

  6. coc observations

  7. triage observations

  8. meritocracy observations

  9. meritocracy egotocracy observations

  10. streaks observations

  11. my oss process: 1. start w/ empty file 2. write

    the worst code 3. beg others to help observations
  12. collaboration > publication observations

  13. oss ethic observations

  14. good enough? observations

  15. observations

  16. oss !only= github observations

  17. None
  18. job seeker employee employer oss

  19. job seeker employee employer oss

  20. learning job seeker <> oss

  21. job seeker <> oss

  22. maturity job seeker <> oss

  23. candidacy job seeker <> oss

  24. job seeker employee employer oss

  25. interviewing employer <> oss

  26. employer <> oss http://blog.getify.com/technical-interviews-suck/ http://programmingisterrible.com/post/116698171738/nothing- is-more-indicative-of-a-bullshit-job-than http://www.disambiguity.com/words-matter-women-and-jobs/ “Men apply for

    jobs when they meet 60% of the criteria, while women wait until they feel they meet 100% of the criteria.” http://braythwayt.com/2015/04/26/preparing-for-a-technical- interview.html
  27. thought leadership employer <> oss

  28. employer <> oss TwoDayManifesto.com

  29. competitive advantage employer <> oss

  30. job seeker employee employer oss

  31. learning employee <> oss

  32. better code employee <> oss

  33. candidacy employee <> oss

  34. job seeker employee employer oss

  35. objections: 1. discrimination/abuse 2. time 3. scaling 4. ...

  36. objections http://rubywankenoobie.tumblr.com/post/116816118275/ http://betanews.com/2015/04/20/why-the-open-source- software-model-is-fundamentally-broken/ http://www.infoworld.com/article/2905331/open-source- software/the-new-struggles-facing-open-source.html#tk.rss_all

  37. the most important question?

  38. ARE WE ARE WE ? ?

  39. thanks! kyle simpson http://getify.me @getify special thanks to: @RachelNabors