04 July 2006


Thanks to PlanetLA, I got to read an interesting blog-post from Adrian Sutton in which competition undermined & worked against cooperative efforts at his workplace.

That post stands as a kind of call to invent cooperatition, a gentle competitive process in which both the innovators in person alongside every “player” are rewarded for a good implementation.

I have in mind some system in which every player gets a small reward for every useful idea submitted by anybody, thus everyone gets at least some incentive to encourage (other) developers. I am thinking that some direct “bonus points” awarded to anybody implicated in inspiring or encouraging a successful developer would help, also. I’ve seen FOSS lists work sort-of like this, but...

Have you got (or seen) an aimed cooperativity system which works?

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