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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

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

    the worst code 3. beg others to help observations
  2. 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