Some things change, some stay the same, how painful does it have to be?

March 26, 2010 at 9:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Thursday Maemo Devices became Meego Devices, without any change but the name, rather surreal actually.

Not all change is progress, but progress is impossible without change.  One thing that is certain in any community change has a human and time cost, as the community adapts to the new circumstances.

So it will be with the Meego change, it will cost and benefit the people already involved in the Moblin and Maemo communities.  They will have to adjust to a new platform with a new set of technologies.  The tools they use will be different, the community management will be different, and the people they work with will be different.  All this will take some time to get used to, although the rewards are potentially huge.

Anybody who has been through a few organization changes knows the forming, storming, norming, and performing model of how a community/team adjusts to change.  The theory is that each stage is inevitable, so the issue is how to make the migration to Meego go smoothly, quickly, and with the least amount of pain, especially inside an open community?

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