Join the Game: KISS, Analysis Paralysis, Intent and BHAGs
May 10, 2012
I spend my days thinking about such thrilling topics such as RFPs, RFCs, weighted requirement coefficients, prioritizations, reprioritizations and deprioritizations. (Control your jealousy)
Like any person at any stage in FLOSS contributions, I spend my nights wondering what skills are applicable, beneficial or downright irrelevant (puppet shows anyone?) to the community. It’s also a worthwhile pursuit to wonder what personal weaknesses can be addressed through practice and effort in a community.
For me, I’ve decided to keep it simple: I want to help Join the Game. However, all of my mental gymnastics over reviewing, planning, organization, research, communication…has led me nowhere. As if tactics, strategy and moving chess pieces were the end goals themselves. And so I ask myself: “Am I trying to actually help KDE, or am I going through just enough motions to make myself feel better like clicking Like on a Kony 2012 video and then sleeping peacefully?” “Do I want to assemble metrics to educate myself or to talk myself out of a daunting task?”
So I find myself in the prone position of the couch potato that needs to blurt out “I’m going to run a marathon this year!” to force the issue. With blissful ignorance I’m declaring a personal BHAG: I am going to get 1,000 JTG members for KDE before 12/31/2013. Let’s hope long before. But I need a deadline.
I’m now going to look up the current number of members to see whether my declaration is even sensible (“Wade we only have 3 people” or “Good job genius, we already have 14,000″ is going to make this post awkward.) 260 made public. Ok, we can work with that.
To those that wonder if I represent any current JTG community: I don’t. I’m just a lazy dude declaring, “I’m going to learn Hindi in 30 days!” to counterattack their symptomatic mental lethargy.
To anyone currently involved in JTG that is wondering what to make of this mavericky and naive rookie running out with his helmet on sideways: We’ll figure it out.
Personal BHAG: 1,000 people. Before 12/31/2013.