While reflecting on my journey to becoming a staff engineer, I realized many of the practices I apply to my day-to-day work come from my time working with open source software maintainers, as a contributor and fellow maintainer.

Guiding OSS projects can teach us about scaling ourselves, influencing technical direction, and collaborating effectively across disparate team members.

In this presentation, I'll share the lessons learned by me and other open source maintainers that impact how we perform as staff+ engineers and leaders today.