Sometimes different participant groups want different project velocities and rhythms. That’s cadence shear. Like when:
In general, cadence shear is a problem where different subsets of the team are attuned to different deadlines, or have different levels of urgency for project progress.
This is a problem of success. Congratulations: your open source project includes contributors with genuinely different incentives and from genuinely different contexts!
Let’s talk about some of the participant configurations that you see in this situation – paid plus volunteers, volunteers plus time-limited paid, paid teams in a consortium, and volunteers with disparate deadline affiliations – and some approaches to learning and addressing everyone’s expectations.