- Whoever comes are the right people.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
- Whenever it starts is the right time.
- When it’s over, it’s over.
19 steps to creating a good open source practice by Olav Henriksen
Appropriated from Eric S. Raymond 19 steps to creating good open source software.
- Every good work by a curator starts by scratching a personal itch.
- Good curators know what to write. Great ones know what to rewrite (and reuse).
- Plan to throw a project away; you will, anyhow.
- If you have the right attitude, interesting projects will find you.
- When you lose interest in a project, your last duty to it is to hand it off to a competent successor.
- Treating your audience as co-developers is your least-hassle route to rapid project improvement and effective accessibility.
- Release early. Release often. And listen to your audience.
- Given a large enough collaboration base, almost every project will be characterized quickly and the fix obvious to someone.
- Smart information structures and bad interpretation works a lot better than the other way around.
- If you treat your audience as if they’re your most valuable resource, they will respond by becoming your most valuable resource.
- The next best thing to having good ideas is recognizing good ideas from your audience.
- Often, the most striking and innovative solutions come from realizing that your concept of the problem was wrong.
- Perfection (in curating) is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away.
- Any exhibition should be useful in the expected way, but a truly great exhibition lends itself to audiences you never expected.
- When curating an exhibition of any kind, take pains to disturb the theme as little as possible—and never throw away information unless the audience forces you to!
- When your language is well formed yet arbitrary, syntactic sugar can be your friend.
- Beware of pseudo-secrets. If you carry any secrets let them go.
- To solve an interesting problem, start by finding a problem that is interesting to you.
- Provided your communications medium is flawless, and you lead without coercion, many heads are inevitably better than one.