2 short months ago, Bitcoin Cash was born out of the fires of the chaotic Bitcoin scaling debate, with the Bitcoin ABC software spearheading the charge.
Although we stand united with the other teams in Bitcoin Cash, each project must have its own leadership, its own goals, and its own way of doing things.
With this in mind, I’ll share a few of our thoughts about Bitcoin ABC. Where did we come from, and where are we going?
Past: Journey of an Engineer
I’m a network engineer by trade. I’ve worked with European software startups, Japanese markets, and Internet adoption in Africa, just to name a few.
In 2010, I heard about Bitcoin and discovered Satoshi’s genius solution to the double spend problem using an economic, rather than a mathematical solution. For a long time, I followed Bitcoin development, but wasn’t super involved. I decided to take matter into my own hands when the scaling debate started degenerating.
Present: Birth of ABC and Bitcoin Cash
The “UASF” campaign sparked a revolt. If people were going to split, we had to have our side of the split ready. The idea was in the air and the idea of a big block fork was born out of several factions, including Bitmain’s contingency plan, Bitcoin Unlimited’s BUIP055, and the btcforks project. Freetrader and I worked together to create Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin Cash was born.
The last 2 months has been a learning experience for me, and I realize that success will not come merely from good ideas or good coding. It is necessary to build solid organizations.
Future: Success Depends on People
Teams that accomplish great things have certain characteristics. Articulating them will likely help attract the kind of people we want, and will help us focus on what actually matters.
We asked ourselves one question: “What kind of people do we want working on Bitcoin ABC?” And here is what we came up with: 6 Key Values
1. Visionary - We see billions of people using Bitcoin and we will help make it happen.
2. Focus - We’re focused, tenacious, goal-oriented, and we get things done.
3. Ruthless Prioritization - We work on high impact projects, objectives, and tasks.
4. Excellence - We’re constantly pushing ourselves and others to improve, and pushing the boundaries to find better solutions.
5. Clear Personable Communication - We speak directly and honestly, and take the time to listen.
6. Great Attitude - We are dedicated, open-minded, self-aware, enthusiastic, cooperative people with a good sense of humor.
These are ideals that we strive for. As humans, we’ll never be perfect. The biggest thing I need to work on myself is communication. I admit that at times, I’ve been less than “personable”, and I’m committed to improving this.
These values are a yardstick to determine if someone is a good fit for the ABC organization. We’ll do our best to uphold these values, and we hope to attract the right people to the project who share our vision and want to help us achieve our mission.
 

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Sounds good. I especially like your "3. Ruthless Prioritization - We work on high impact projects, objectives, and tasks." value or goal because Bitcoin (Cash) is good as it already is, and it sounds like you plan to make only necessary changes and avoid "feature creep". Future changes to the protocol should be absolutely minimal.
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I like #3, but wish to simply warn that the sentiment is wonderful but the wording/distinction might get muddied. Who decides whats high impact? Will that be a sliding scale? Will that be dependent on the the work resources available when distributing new work to the team? I understand this list was meant for helping decide who is working on Bitcoin ABC but I thought this might be a sticking point. Maybe the person is not ruthless prioritization but a focused individual that can stay on task and seek to only implement or theorize a solution that handles the task at hand and not trying to come up with a plan for multiple issues unless deemed appropriate and necessary to do so.
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Great principles. Number 1 is my favorite. Let's bring financial sovereignty to everyone in the world!
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This brightened my day! :)
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What is the best source to get all news and updates on Bitcoin Cash?
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Thanks for sharing Amaury, and for recognising your weakness at communicating. I want to help you.
I believe you missed in your article the most important part that someone who is "cryptocurrency-agnostic" like me, and who has no affiliations, would need to hear from you, that is what really makes ABC's identity, why was Bitcoin Cash necessary and why was Bitcoin ABC necessary.
I would expect your article to tell me if splitting from Core was the only way to find solace from the "chaotic scaling debate". Do you think you solved the problem? How do you measure that? What makes you different, in general? What are your learnings from the first baby steps of Bitcoin Cash, and how do you respond to the issues raised, for example, by Andreas Antonopoulos in this episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin podcast? In what way ABC allows you to be visionary, focused etc. there where Core couldn't?
I believe I get where you're coming from, but the identity of ABC doesn't really come through in my opinion. Moreover, a reader needs to know already all the story about the scaling debate to understand. Your article is also titled "values and vision", but the vision part is missing. What do you want ABC to be in - say - 10 years time?
I'm a Yours fan, I trust Ryan and Clemens' intentions and, because of that, I run an ABC node on the side of my Core node, but I need to get to know you better.
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good article. i appreciate the communication.
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