Coaching for Open Source Communities 2.0

This interview is brought to you by Brian Proffitt, Senior Principal Community Architect, Red Hat and FOSDEM Community Devroom Committee

Daniele Scasciafratte

Anyone familiar with open source communities knows that passion plays a big role in motivating those communities, both for participants and leaders. But one speaker at this year’s FOSDEM Community DevRoom knows that passion is not enough.

Daniele Scasciafratte is a Full Stack Developer at his Rome, Italy company Codeat, but is active in so many open source communities he is sometimes referred to as “the Open Source Multiversal guy” by his friends. Scasciafratte’s broad experience has led him to create the “Coaching for Open Source Communities 2.0” presentation on February 3.

According to the talk abstract, “…[P]assion is the key but is not enough to manage a community and let to grow and improve [its] effect every day. Coaching is a way to improve your action as community leader or volunteer without change your workflow.” To that end, Scasciafratte plans to discuss tips and tricks to enable community leaders to improve their community’s overall health.

”The talk was born few years ago for the first Community Leadership Summit in Rome, to explain the practices of coaching and how it can improve the community experience, based on my own experience,” Scasciafratte indicated in a recent interview. “Usually coaching is used in big companies or team management but in open source, coaching is not so common. But, after all, an open source project (and its community) is better then a company.”

For Scasciafratte, the goal of the talk is clear. Attendees should “understand his various points to focus and discover easily what is missing in their community management process. There are a lot of things that are easy to improve or change, which are the basis of every human interaction.”

Attendees to Scasciafratte presentation, which will be at 14:55 February 3 in the FOSDEM Community DevRoom, will be able to learn more about these improvements and readily apply them to their own communities.