Published at LXer:
"Business gets done between people who get along."
-Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems (paraphrased from an interview)
It is easy to focus on the purely technical side of engineering: design, coding, documentation, licensing issues, and the release process. The interpersonal aspects of engineering also have a vital part to play. An important and frequently overlooked part of the successful free/libre and open source (F/LOSS) enterprise are the soft skills of communication, administration, and relationship building.