Reporting From The Middle

January 28, 2010

This post is part of the Editorial Calendar Plugin for WordPress team series. We take a first-hand look at a far-flung open source team as it forms, communicates, resolves problems, and (hopefully) succeeds. Stay up to date with the whole series.

Grain of Salt

Before I tell you more about the editorial calendar plugin for WordPress team, I have a little warning.

I’ve profiled many teams for The One Minute and from my vantage point as a third party I can provide an unbiased view of those groups. My reporting on the editorial calendar project is nothing but biased. I’m in the middle of it and I’m giving you a view from the middle.

There’s no real problem with that, but not having all the answers is inconvenient. I see people through the lens of my own experience. This is important for teleworkers to realize because our we’re trying to see over a greater distance than our counterparts in the office.

I don’t know what my team looks like. Are they short or tall? Thin or fat? Old or young? I hear their voices and my imagination fills in the rest. Imagination is a useful tool, but it’s wrong as often as it’s right.

This series is about giving you my biased views and letting you know what a distributed project looks like from the inside. Take it with a grain of salt and I hope I don’t offend any of my teammates.

The picture in this article was produced by bogdog Dan and is used in accordance with the CC BY-NC 2.0 Creative Commons license.

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