Flock 2023

This year was the first in person Flock conference since Budapest in 2019, the event was held in the charming city of Cork, Ireland and despite a few hiccups while traveling (flight delayed and canceled) it was great to be able to attend Flock and have to opportunity to connect with so many people in the Fedora Community. Below are some of my key takeaways and highlights from the conference.

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure

I’ve recently had a few good conversations about the desire to coach Scrum teams to complete their stories by the end of each sprint. I’ve always felt that this was not a good goal for a team as there is a risk that it will focus too much on that goal, to the point where it becomes a target and ceases to be valuable. “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”.


I have recently watched this great TED talk by Michael Brody-Waite. Michael is talking about 3 principles: be authentic, surrender the outcomes and do uncomfortable work. These principles resonated with me and made me think about myself and How I am doing against them. In his talk, he also tells us about how he has been using the quite famous “What is your greatest weakness ?” interview question to get people to be authentic and talk about themselves.

Starting with Why

This post was inspired by Colin Walter’s blog post on why he works on OpenShift and Fedora/RHEL go and check it out 😄. Understanding our “Why” is usually a process that a team will go through. Why, as a team, are we together? What problems are we solving? How are we solvings these problems? There is value in asking ourselves why we show up to work every weekday and what motivates us.