Teaching basic lab skills
for research computing

Van Lindberg's Keynote: Say Thanks

Van Lindberg, the chair of the Python Software Foundation, gave a really insightful keynote at PyCon 2015 last week. In a nutshell:

  • The PSF's greatest challenge is that it's short of time: it has one full-time and three part-time employees.

  • What can you do to help?

    • Say thanks to people for what they're doing.
    • Raise up and mentor others.
    • Persevere when trying something new. (Bonus points if you help someone out who doesn't look like you.)

  • How can a new organization grow up to be the PSF?

    • Don't rush it. (In particular, don't put too much process in place too soon.)
    • Default to openness.
    • Build a culture of service.

There's lots more, and you should watch the whole thing, but I think these are good guidelines for Software Carpentry (and most other things, too).

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