The Care and Feeding of Project Communities

  • 30 minute talk

So you have some code or a good idea for a project. You get some hosting, throw up a page, make the code available and people start downloading. Everything is great, but where is my community participation? This presentation provides, from the perspective of one open source project leader, some insight into the realities of starting and managing an open source project in terms of community involvement.
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This presentation provides, from the perspective of one open source project leader, some insight into the realities of starting and managing an open source project in terms of community involvement.

So you have some code or a good idea for a project. You get some hosting, throw up a page, make the code available and people start downloading. Everything is great, but where is my community participation? You will likely get feedback, feature requests and bug reports and maybe even the occasional code patch, but shouldn't there be more to this "Community" thing? How about actual code, useful documentation, support help, donations, etc? How can one transform an open-source project from being a time-sucking black hole into a budding community with involved and active members and the essential spirit of sharing?

This presentation will present and analyse some actions that were taken to improve our project's community spirit - both successful ones, as well as ideas that didn't work out. Based on these experiences, we will present our conclusions and provide some suggestions to the audience.

Bio:
I discovered computers in around 1980. Playing computer games is fun. Writing computer games is more fun! I started working with computers when I finished school in 1988. I fell into System Administration but always had a desire to write code. I have worked in the airline business, the financial sector, retail, government, start-up's and established private companies - all doing System Administration of some sort. My career has progressed beyond System Administration to Process Management and on to IT Management. For virtually the entire time I have written code in one form or another. I am now (finally) designing and writing software for a living!

Title: The Care and Feeding of Project Communities
Author: Mark Unwin <marku@opmantek.com>
Length: 30 mins

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