Randy Fay – coaxed everybody to move to the front of the room.
Community conversation: burnout, what can the community do help people avoid burnout.
A well-studied clinical condition, not a fad! Important scholarly work done: exhaustion, cynicism, ineffectiveness. (o hai n’hood assoc!)
causes: feeling overloaded, lacking control over what we do, not being rewarded, breakdown in community, not being treated fairly, dealing with conflicting values.
rewards: giving attribution, pats on the back…but easy to find people who feel ignored (which is the open source version of reward?)
“family problems” – at tense times, “it’s all going to hell” — and it didn’t. making personal statements on twitter, inflamatory comments on drupal.org, etc.
lack of boundaries with professional projects vs hobbyist.
slide of 12 stages of burnout.
“real interconnectedness in a local community” which is hilarious for me, because that’s where I’m actually experiencing burnout. I think my 4e (D&D) game is my alternative/outlet for that.
burnout is NOT an individual problem, but an organizational problem.
specific things that Drupal does that make things work
calls out Dave Reid – has created 87 modules – module creators automatically become module maintainers. Even Dave has a limit. what do we do about that problem?
no explicit way to step down from a lot of responsibilities: no natural way, just guilt and overwhelmedness. “abandoned module hopper” -
“what’s wrong with assigning to abandoned”
not just name change – realizing that we have to promote people taking over and giving up responsibilities.
“there’s a process for adopting humans” (audience comment)
figuring out how to mentor and helping people to grow
you have to step away for people to feel comfortable stepping in
audience member – traveling is a universal way to “break the chain of misery” – also, finding a good psychologist. It really was my therapist who helped me work through that I needed to step away from friends of the library and recognize that I felt better after having done it. (because I’ve been going through whole life burnout, really)
tarpits – things that are not sustainable and will never work – not just module maintainership – docs team, good steps towards sustainability – project application process. sometimes you just can’t work harder.
organizational development – audience member’s wife does that professionally. no position for a documentation lead, for example, on modules. interesting idea: not having to be a co-maintainer to contribute to a module.
things that we do right!
don’t forget the risks for not trusting newbies.
time-limited responsibilities – reminds me of the n’hood association board – knowing that I have a term, and that it has an end point, is really helpful.
dude, I think greggles just trolled randy’s definition of bikeshedding. hilarity.
no way to resolve disagreements, is that what he’s talking about? to some extent.