This has come out of speaking with Dot at the Cotech Gathering in Newcastle 2 weeks ago. She was proposing a tech project that she wants to exist, more for the effect that the project would have in the world, rather than it making a ton of money for herself (the idea is a tool for monitoring computing energy usage much more easily). I talked to her about the idea, and said that while I thought it was a great idea, I didn’t have capacity to help it in any significant way, because I’m busy with my own project, Wobbly, a chat app for precarious worker organising.
I think the skill-area here is about how do you balance your own project with the ones you do for paying customers? If you have volunteers on the project, how do you make sure you’re using their time effectively, and that they’re getting enough out of it to keep going? Where do you get funding from? These are all things I’d like to get better at, and I’m sure there’s many other skills and traits that could be improve that I haven’t even thought of right now.
Is anyone else interested in joining this group?