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Marie Kondo your software stack with open source

Mindfully consider each choice—and remember that simple is not necessarily easy.

Avi Press

The purest form of collaboration

Avi on the beauty of open source, versatility of computer science, and a viable solution to support burnt-out maintainers.

Cassidy Williams // Remote

Documenting knowledge: a guide to successful note-taking

How building a team culture around thoughtful note-taking can improve collective understanding.

Michael Hausenblas // Amazon Web Services

Look beyond lock-in with open source observability

When done properly, it’s a sustainable option for any and all environments.

Justin Trugman & Babitha Singh // Caregility

Incorporating security in Enterprise DevOps workflows

How Caregility prepared for third-party security audits with GitHub Advanced Security.

The ReadME Project amplifies the voices of the developer community by telling stories about:


Cue the command line

The thrill of a blinking cursor, using the community as a mirror, managing a business on open source, and more.


Code like it’s 1995

Go back to basics, tips on securing your OSS project, developer happiness with GitHub’s CEO, and more.

Alexandra Sunderland // Fellow

The impact of culture on code

How to eliminate misunderstandings and create a stronger team from anywhere.

Dr. Johanna Pirker

(Virtual) reality check

Johanna on the colorful, cross-disciplinary world of computer science, and making education accessible to all.

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Open source is democratizing video game development

The evolution and future of open source games and game development.

The ReadMe Podcast

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Build your own luck

A new co-host, a new format, a functional programming renaissance, and strategies to increase your luck.


Hosts in the hot seat

Neha and Brian turn the interview tables on each other.

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Building the future of the command line

Open source developers are making the command line more friendly—and more powerful.

Developer Stories

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Aaron Francis

Sometimes they say yes

Aaron on playing it uncool, advocating for yourself, and asking for your dream job.

Kara Carrell

Stewards of code, stewards of each other

Kara on supporting, sharing, and contributing to the contributors of open source.

Jonathan Leitschuh

The thrill of open source security

Jonathan finds broken things and fixes them to make the world a more secure place.

Frances Coronel

Great leaders create more leaders

Frances on building community, gaining social capital, and embracing your identity.


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Leonid Stolyarov // KPMG

Working across borders to achieve more

How KPMG increases international developer effectiveness, happiness, and collaboration with GitHub Enterprise.

Dave Farley // Continuous Delivery Ltd.

What is “engineering for software?”

Applying scientific-style reasoning to improving our chances of success.

Hillel Wayne

The five-minute feedback fix

Writing directly-testable design requirements can help deliver high-quality software faster, and with less frustration.

Frances Coronel // Byteboard

ONWARD: A framework for maintaining maintainers

Whether the project has 3 or 3000 contributors, here’s what to focus on when collaborating with other maintainers.

About The
ReadME Project

Coding is usually seen as a solitary activity, but it’s actually the world’s largest community effort led by open source maintainers, contributors, and teams. These unsung heroes put in long hours to build software, fix issues, field questions, and manage communities.

The ReadME Project is part of GitHub’s ongoing effort to amplify the voices of the developer community. It’s an evolving space to engage with the community and explore the stories, challenges, technology, and culture that surround the world of open source.

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