How to get a head start into contributing to open source projects

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    Step 0: You have a strong grasp on who uses the tool/product/service and for what purpose. That can take weeks, months, or years depending on the specific project you're contributing to. A little NodeJS module? Probably closer to days. etcd? Probably closer to months/years.

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    Projects in/around Kubernetes and the CNCF are generally where I spend what little time I can these days. Most communities are incredibly welcoming and provide timely feedback. But the problem space of "managing a cloud platform" can take several years to really wrap ones head around, setting aside focused topics via SIGs like networking, storage, observability, API design, etc.

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