Five Things Linus Torvalds Has Learned About Managing Software Projects

Posted by estherschindler on Aug 5, 2008 10:44 AM EST; By Linus Torvalds, as told to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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It's hard enough for managers to motivate and track employees whose livelihood depends on doing a good job. Imagine the project management task for Linux, the free software operating system. Linus Torvalds explains how he keeps the people and software on-track, with the software quality the operating system demands.

Arguably the most surprising facet of Linus' management style is that he's perfectly willing to flame people when he thinks they're wrong--though he's also happy to be corrected himself.

Part of that, by the way, is not feeling shy about saying impolite things or showing some emotion. So I'd rather flame people for doing stupid things and call them stupid, rather than try to be too polite to the point where people didn't understand how strongly I felt about something.

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