Category Archives: OSS Leadership

Lessons learnt in 20 years of leading Open Source enterprise teams

“Fear is a strange soil. It grows obedience like corn, which grow in straight lines to make weeding easier. But sometimes it grows the potatoes of defiance, which flourish underground.” (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)

The Potatoes of Defiance – A presentation about a topic that has been on my agenda for more than 20 years…. this was the first time I gave it, I have been working and steadily improving it. Now it’s split into three parts: OSS Leadership, Motivation and Creativity. Here’s my last years’ OwnCloud Conference Keynote.

Leadership Antipatterns

Leadership Anti Patterns are a special variant of Antipatterns. They are dangerous, they kill productivity and they very often come together with Crocodile Management (Link is German), Mushroom or Bulldozer Management (a new manager comes in and guess what he does first?). You might also like to read about Leadership Behaviour patterns … but that’s Harvard Business School… or Antipatterns in Project Management.