7. The lurking elder statesman. At another event, an older, debonair, and articulate man showed up, talking about the hundreds of thousands of dollars of developer time he'd invested into the code base of various open source projects. He had great advice and suggestions for everyone. But I wondered … what is he doing here? What does he get out of this? And most importantly, who does his tailoring?
8. The open door debate. There's a door at the entrance to the room. It's propped open so that latecomers will be able to find the meeting. But it lets in noise from outside, making it difficult for those sitting near the door to hear. Should it be open or closed? Who will make this decision?
I could go on, but you get the idea. Don't get me wrong, I was very glad I attended all these get-togethers, learned a lot (that's a low bar), and even met one developer I've been able to collaborate with very successfully.
But my point is this: People are people, meetings are meetings, and the grass isn't always greener. So if you get that sabbatical, maybe you should take nine months for golf.
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