Dealing with Contributor Overload

Presented by Holden Karau
Wednesday 1:40 p.m.–2:25 p.m. in Collaborative Lecture Theatre CB11.00.405
Target audience: Community


The first external person contributing to our project is amazing, but when that 1 snowballs to 1,000 life can get a little bit stressful. All of these fine lovely people want to help, but somehow no one seems to want to help you deal with all of the code reviews, proposed documentation changes, or keeping your testing infrastructure alive (or three people want to help in different directions). This talk explores what happens as a community grows using the speakers experience in her own personal projects (which have much less than 1k contributors) as well as larger projects, like Apache Spark. Come for the being told its not your fault, stay for the techniques to avoid pissing everyone off. P.S. If the speaker is behind on reviewing one of your pull requests she is very sorry and would like to offer you a sticker and hope this talk explains some of why she is late.

Presented by

Holden Karau

Holden Karau is transgender Canadian, an active open source contributor, and Spark committer. When not in San Francisco working as a software development engineer at IBM's Spark Technology Center, Holden talks internationally on Spark and holds office hours at coffee shops at home and abroad. Holden is a co-author of numerous books on Spark including High Performance Spark (which she believes is the gift of the season for those with expense accounts) & Learning Spark. She makes frequent contributions to Spark, specializing in PySpark and Machine Learning. Prior to IBM she worked on a variety of distributed, search, and classification problems at Alpine, Databricks, Google, Foursquare, and Amazon. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science. Outside of software she enjoys playing with fire, welding, scooters, poutine, and dancing.