Perhaps they'll say it's out of scope for the project or they're working on it, or they could give you some direction.
Also, see this page for more tips on contributing. Let the project maintainer know that you're new and are wanting some guidance to learn how to get into it. Maybe they're too busy to help, if so, move on and find another project. That first contribution is the hardest, you may want some help and coaching. The actual code contribution matters less than learning the process.
So find a project or someone who has time and patience to mentor you.
You might also be interested in watching my free egghead. Take a look at GitHub's issues for issues labeled first-timers-only , good for beginners , good first bug or good-first-bug , or help wanted more here Also, here are good resources for finding simple ways to contribute:. Your First PR yourfirstpr.
Up For Grabs. My first PR was to fix a typo in a comment find yours.
It was super small and it was to a project that I didn't really use all that much discovered the typo when stepping through their code in a debugger. It was a great first contribution, even though I didn't really make a lasting impact on the project and I wasn't motivated to continue contributing, it got me over the hump of contributing for the first time which is the hardest part. Contributing to open source has been awesome for me and I highly recommend others to get into it.
It's really hard getting started, but once you get over the first contribution, making future contributions is much easier. It's not all roses. The open source community has its warts here and there. Keep working at it. You'll do great! Good luck! By the way, if you're interested in creating your own project, be sure to check out my series on egghead.
In his book, Complexity and Creativity in Organization, Stacey identifies an essential mental shift needed to understand the failure. The paradox is that the silver-bullet solutions to business problems become the source of the very failures that they were designed to prevent. I call this cycle the optimization paradox, and it follows the stages outlined below:. The next silver bullet starts the cycle over again. The fundamental reality is that the business environment is ambiguous and unpredictable, but this reality is never seriously acknowledged.
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Managers may pay lip service to constant change, but they are not willing to adjust their fundamental views of management to accommodate the real impact of that change. In this problem-solution-problem cycle, millions of dollars are spent for ever-decreasing results. Organizations in this cycle experience a lot of change, but little learning. They are trying to optimize the non-optimizable. Stacey contends that breaking the silver-bullet syndrome depends upon breaking the linear, imposed-order mental model of business and substituting a belief in emergent order. Most managers use silver bullets in the hope that they will provide prescriptive answers to complex situations.
Most soon discover, however, that these prescriptive, optimizing answers get bogged down in metrics, procedures, forms, and slogans—and use of the chosen solution often lasts only until the next fad comes along. Silver bullets can be useful, but they are insufficient. They deal best with the stable parts of the environment, not with the rapidly growing complex portion.
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