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FOSS Community Management “roadmap”

FOSS Community Management “roadmap”

OKF Finland convention 8-9 Feb. 2013

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Jarkko Moilanen, PhD

February 08, 2013
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  1. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 FOSS Community Management “roadmap” OKF Finland

    convention 8-9 Feb. 2013
  2. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 Features of successful community • Constant

    movement • Rely on openness • Transparency in decision making • Needs firm but gentle guidance • People come and go • Requires good communication
  3. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 Phases Establish Stabilize/ Grow Renew Split?

    Pivot? Die? - Lower entry-barriers - Structurized - Working methods - Reach out - 2+2 rule - Enthusiasts - chaos
  4. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 Focus points (1/2) • Provide roadmap

    (6 months ->) • Provides direction and sense of continuity • Allow/tolerate different voices and discussions • One issue 1 minute – several months • Needs diversity and opinions • Rely on consensus rather than dictatorship • Provide tools/resources • device program, servers, contacts, even money • Paid developers (constant speed)
  5. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 Focus points (2/2) • Get professional

    “Shepherd” • Successful and innovative communities need attention • Transparency in decision making • What ever decision is related to community, make it transparent; • (if national community) Use/create local networks • Events as glue; events as appreciation; events to shine • Lower entry barriers • Public lists of easy tasks, bugs to fix, etc.
  6. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 As community Shepherd • Get your

    self a right hand • You'll need it • Task management • Delegate, but gently; create teams (for events) • Interpret • Act as liaison between corporates & media <-> community • “Live in the community” • don't just be “The manager”, it results to “King is dead. Long live the King” • Community is the source for ideas • Your task is to get resources to make them real.
  7. Jarkko Moilanen Communities.ossoil.com 2013-02-08 More questions • What now? •

    ? • ? • ? More info: jarkko.moilanen@ossoil.com