The Incredible Fine Balance between a Project and a Product

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November 05, 2016

The Incredible Fine Balance between a Project and a Product

Talk at FUDCon APAC 2016 in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

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Harish Pillay

November 05, 2016
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  1. The Incredibly Fine Balance between a Project and a Product

    Harish Pillay @harishpillay hpillay@redhat.com harishpillay@fedoraproject.org FUDCon APAC November 5, 2016 Phnom Pehn, Cambodia https://speakerdeck.com/harishpillay/the-incredible-fine-balance-between-a-project-and-a-product
  2. What is a Project?

  3. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem

  4. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap?
  5. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap? • No pain, no gain
  6. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap? • No pain, no gain • Ask forgiveness, not permission
  7. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap? • No pain, no gain • Ask forgiveness, not permission • Permissionless innovation
  8. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap? • No pain, no gain • Ask forgiveness, not permission • Permissionless innovation • Risk taking – no Product Requirements Document
  9. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap? • No pain, no gain • Ask forgiveness, not permission • Permissionless innovation • Risk taking – no Product Requirements Document • Fail fast, fail early – learn, grow and evolve
  10. Characteristics of Projects • Idealism to solve a problem •

    No constraints – should it have a product roadmap? • No pain, no gain • Ask forgiveness, not permission • Permissionless innovation • Risk taking – no Product Requirements Document • Fail fast, fail early – learn, grow and evolve • What else do you think a project has?
  11. What is a Product?

  12. Characteristics of Products • Reduce risk – both yours and

    your customers
  13. Characteristics of Products • Reduce risk – both yours and

    your customers • Constrained in that it needs to meet the customer requirements
  14. Characteristics of Products • Reduce risk – both yours and

    your customers • Constrained in that it needs to meet the customer requirements • UX/UI finesse
  15. Characteristics of Products • Reduce risk – both yours and

    your customers • Constrained in that it needs to meet the customer requirements • UX/UI finesse • Scalability is important: how would you help the evolution of the product?
  16. Characteristics of Products • Reduce risk – both yours and

    your customers • Constrained in that it needs to meet the customer requirements • UX/UI finesse • Scalability is important: how would you help the evolution of the product? • Branding: project name <> product name
  17. Characteristics of Products • Reduce risk – both yours and

    your customers • Constrained in that it needs to meet the customer requirements • UX/UI finesse • Scalability is important: how would you help the evolution of the product? • Branding: project name <> product name • What else do you think a product has?
  18. https://www.linux.com/BLOG/WHAT-ARE-OPEN-SOURCE-PRODUCTS

  19. What about People • Project people have a different motivation

    compared with Product people
  20. What about People • Project people have a different motivation

    compared with Product people • The motivations of being in a project team is significantly different than being a product team.
  21. What about People • Project people have a different motivation

    compared with Product people • The motivations of being in a project team is significantly different than being a product team. • There may be overlaps, but it is few and far between
  22. What about Risk? https://www.linux.com/blog/why-your-open-source-project-not-product

  23. Source Code License Community Free and Open Source Software

  24. Comments?

  25. Thank you. @harishpillay Harish Pillay hpillay@redhat.com harishpillay@fedoraproject.org