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Discussion on: How to manage conflict between pressure to grow with community health?

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Ben Halpern

You have to be confident in your longterm vision. Growing DEV, there are always opportunities for growth in a certain type of engagement (Toxic interactions produce a lot of "engagement").

I think there are opportunities to say like this:

We understand how to grow, but we also understand that growth in this field sometimes has to be done in a measured and deliberate way. We anticipate the best longterm success if we ensure that we focus on quality over quantity while we continue to explore what shape unfettered growth can take.

The metric you might want to rally around might be regular NPS-type surveilling in order to deliver on the idea of quality over quantity, but I think getting buy-in is as much about establishing trust as picking the right numbers. Give yourself the opportunity to have a longer leash. (This might include not raising funds right now.)