September 19-21, 2023
Bilbao, Spain
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Tuesday, September 19 • 11:25 - 12:05
Breaking Out of the Open Source Burnout Cycle - Nigel Brown, Intuit

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A lot of us get into open source because we love what we do. We are excited by putting our efforts into the world and want to see the projects succeed. We can burn out for all the same reasons. Often it sneaks up on us. We undertake many tasks for the project that we do not count as work. We are ineffectual at calculating the cost of remaining constantly available. We pour ourselves into our projects and communities and learn the hard way that we cannot pour from an empty cup. It is not a bad thing for us to want to do everything we can for our projects. It is a bad thing to let that desire lock us into a loop of burning out and recovering only to burnout and recover again and again and again. This session offers advice on recognizing when burnout is coming, tools for dialing back responsibly, and some stories of wins and losses in healthy engagement. There is a lot we can do, from how we structure governance and divide up responsibilities, to fully encouraging and embracing time away. In the end, the best way to keep taking care of our projects and communities is to take care of ourselves.


Nigel Brown

Senior Developer Advocate - Cloud Native, Open Source, Intuit
Nigel is a Senior Developer Advocate at Intuit based in Austin, Texas. They were drawn to the craft of software engineering because of the agency it provides people to create and interact with worlds of their own making. They focus on Cloud Native technologies and their passions in... Read More →

Tuesday September 19, 2023 11:25 - 12:05 CEST
Room 0E-2 (Floor 0)
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