IEEE Spectrum: Learning from HackersJun 10, 2001, 19:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Denis F. Cioffi)
[ Thanks to Daniel Bertrand for this link. ]
Linux, says this article, is a mindset that project managers could stand to learn from.
Most people familiar with what Eric Raymond has written about hacker culture will find this old territory.
"Traditionally, a project manager is the person who makes sure that all budgets, deadlines, and schedules are met. There are any number of tools they may use to get the job done--work breakdowns, network diagrams, scheduling charts, and so on. I would argue, though, that being skilled at using such tools is less important than having a good outlook--one that encourages cooperation, yet gives each worker the opportunity to be creative.