September 19-21, 2023
Bilbao, Spain
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Wednesday, September 20 • 11:25 - 12:05
How to Lead Open Source Projects and Teams with Better Feedback - Jessica Tegner, Independent

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How do you help your contributors and co-maintainers get better? How do you decline someone without breaking their spirits? How do you make sure that contributors flourish and learn, while still pointing out areas of improvement in a constructive and non-destructive or disheartening way? Being an open-source maintainer means, you are also a leader, and leaders ask these same questions every day when leading teams. However, providing feedback isn’t as simple as it seems. In this talk, you’ll learn the differences between positive and negative feedback, and what effect it has on the receiver. You’ll also learn various methods to rethink and reframe how to deliver feedback, along with concrete steps to implement them right away. This will be coupled with personal anecdotes and stories from Jessica’s professional life as an open source developer and personal life and advocacy work as a blind woman in tech.

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Jessica Tegner

Open Source Developer & Lead, independent
Jessica Tegner is an open-source software developer and computer science student from Denmark that has been a part of the open source world since the age of 10. She is a maintainer of pypandoc, a thin wrapper for the universal document converter pandoc. Being fully blind has not stopped... Read More →

Wednesday September 20, 2023 11:25 - 12:05 CEST
Room 3A (Floor 3)
  Open Source Leadership Summit
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