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How NOT to do open source [Jarkko Moilanen]

How NOT to do open source [Jarkko Moilanen]

Presentation held at Open Knowledge Festival 2012. Discusses how to do open source and how NOT to do open source. Presentation has slight business focus although I'm community-driven person.

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Jarkko Moilanen, PhD

September 17, 2012
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  1. Communities.ossoil.com How NOT to do open source Jarkko Moilanen Open

    Source Community Enabler jarkko.moilanen@ossoil.com Community managers view
  2. Communities.ossoil.com “Living the open source” Long term research about Open

    Source Communities (Masters Thesis, now PhD candidate) Not just observing but inside Open Source
  3. Communities.ossoil.com Given task Right and and wrong way? Co-operation? might

    not be the least painful way Can be cumbersome, complex mesh Depends on situation ...but there are basic aspects to consider
  4. Communities.ossoil.com Choose your goal and values • Lively, enthuastic and

    proactive community (Open and transparent communication and decisionmaking) • Adapt to changes faster (live inside open source) • Get innovative solutions and options (hacking is seen as positive) • Get quick profit (Use open source efforts only for profit) • Our internal work and teams are more creative than open source community • Sharing skills and information (outside company) is to be avoided If you prefer option 2, you can leave now and skip the following slides... 1 2
  5. Communities.ossoil.com So you decided to stay... ... is not familiar

    with open source values and communities ... has no history in open source development Get help! Don't jump into ocean without knowing how to swim! If your staff...
  6. Communities.ossoil.com “We just use open source” Community Embrace organisational overlapping

    - Can be cumbersome - Can be a mesh (not clear cut) - At best combines two or more networks - Often requires organisational changes Instead try to live inside open source Company Company Community Mindset Contribute back to community
  7. Communities.ossoil.com Overlapping Developer Roles Support natural overlapping roles If your

    developers are not open source prone and your business is, time for HR replacements - 'turn' developers to open source in one night - give only one option in development - strict boundaries == no freedom - stick with one set op dev tools - hire open source people - educate existing developers - embrace freetime hacking - give credit for open source activities - enable dev tool selection
  8. Communities.ossoil.com “We hire just developers with certificates!” Developer types vary

    “9 to 5” -developer - does for the money - bind to office hours - does (internal) app development “Focused 24/7” -developer - not just for money - contributes to community - still in apps only “Spread 24/7” - developer - community as lifestyle - multiple areas (core, apps, tools) - contributes to community You need all types! + active users, hobby developers Commitment grows ->
  9. Communities.ossoil.com “Why aren't you coding?!” Adjust HR policy towards open

    source - 'turn' developers to open source in one night - give only one option in development - strict boundaries == no freedom - hire open source people - educate existing developers - embrace freetime hacking - give credit for open source activities - use community as dev pool - analyze (or buy) community - request 'Git' references
  10. Communities.ossoil.com “Values? We follow profit only!” Try to look beyond

    next quarter - Turn community efforts into cash - You shall not seek outside the box - Fixed plans and teams - Rely on internal skills - Fear of loosing control - Communities are bigger than individual companies - freedom, fun loving - Loves alternatives - make oriented - sharing (w/ altruism)
  11. Communities.ossoil.com Cracks in the shell Open communication & plans Transparent

    decisionmaking - Decisions in the background - Decisionmakers from company - Use only internal information flow - Only own (duplicate) bugtrackers - Code kept hidden and stall release - Dictate changes - Decisions in public - Involve all (relatively) - Use public methods - Use shared & public resources - Rely on discussion trust disbelief
  12. Communities.ossoil.com Conclusions Companies OSS communities - Fails to adjust company

    policies - Neglects open communication - Fails to see values of transparency - Fails to adjust own organization - Fails to understand that communities need skillful community manager - Lives too much on it's own - In some cases ideological boundaries - Sometimes chaotic - Slow changes - Unpredictable (failure or not?) Both need to understand each other more Meet half way and discuss
  13. Communities.ossoil.com What to do? Don't open source all Educate your

    staff Hire open source developers Evaluate communities constantly (outsource) Hire community manager from outside (acts as 3rd party) Engage staff to community Open up your communication and plans (regarding parts where community is involved) Company perspective Questions?
  14. Communities.ossoil.com How NOT to do open source Jarkko Moilanen Open

    Source Community Enabler jarkko.moilanen@ossoil.com Community managers view