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Keynote Q and A: Selena Deckelmann

Jan 16, 2012, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Q: You're giving a keynote on 'Mistakes Were Made.' Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

"A: I make mistakes all the time. One thing that I have always loved about open source culture is how we tend to think that if we just tried a little harder, or if we knew just a little bit more, we'd totally be able to fix that. "That" being pretty much anything. There's an admirable do-it-yourself ethic, well-deserved mistrust of vendors, and -- I think -- a problem. We could do better. Particularly around communicating and recovering from failure. There are some great thinking about handling mistakes and failure from the business world that people working with open source should import, hack and make our own. So, I'm going to talk about what I've learned over the years, and tell some great stories about failing from my friends."

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