Your Most Important Skill

The ability to write clearly is perhaps the most important skill one can have in an open source environment. In the long run it matters more than programming talent. A great programmer with lousy communications skills can get only one thing done at a time, and even then may have trouble convincing others to pay attention. But a lousy programmer with good communications skills can coordinate and persuade many people to do many different things, and thereby have a significant effect on a project’s direction and momentum.

— Karl Fogel, Producing Open Source Software

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  1. This rings true. The best and the worst projects I have worked on have centered around the quality of communication. The ability of individuals to work on a goal effectively together depends on clear and open channels of communication. Good quote.

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