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Challenges projects face when going open source

Challenges

  • Mindset
    • Choosing a license and it's implications to your project
      • Legal aspects
      • Adoption Aspects
      • Dependencies requirements
    • Identifying governance characteristics of your project ?
    • should we describe some places where you can open source your project ? (e.g. GitHub, foundations, pay to play foundations) ?
  • Building a community
    • Why building a community ?
    • Community growth
      • Community involvement lifecycle
    • Community involvement
    • Documentation
    • Testing

Action plan

  • Change your mindset: Communicate and Listen!!!
  • License check for your libraries / dependencies
  • Prepare your project
  • Choose your license
  • Prepare basic documentation for users
  • Prepare a how-to guide for contributors
  • Identify the common Vision and the benefits for the Community
  • Share your initial Roadmap

Advantages

  • Prepare your project to be adopted from anyone
  • Improve the overall quality of your project

Building a community

Challenges

  • Find the right tools
  • Find the right people (not only skills)
  • Find a good approach to engage champions
  • Community support

Action plan

  • Build a website to share the project, docs and links
  • Tools: issue tracking, forum, mailing lists, IRC / IM
  • Make a manifesto for sharing how to be a good citizen
  • Define a contribution path based on merit
  • Identify community champions and invite them as moderators (metrics)
  • Identify external communities in the nearby to arrange events, webinars
  • Accept contributions from anyone and give feedback in any case
  • Don't hide any information to your Community
  • Define a achievements plan for any action or contribution made by users
  • Ask for feedbacks to your Community

Advantages

  • You finally have a Community, you are not alone :)
  • An healthy Community will improve the overall quality of your project
  • Citizens that are feeling at home will bring more contributors in the Team
  • Part of your reputation will be based on how much your Community is happy

Diversity in open source projects

Challenges

  • Having a very wide Vision on the project
  • Longevity for your project
  • Disagree in public without destroying relationships
  • Resolve conflicts within the Community

Action plan

  • No single employer
  • Share the management with your community champions
  • Translate the website, docs and the product in different languages

Advantages

  • A multiethnic Community bring different cultures with more value and ideas
  • An international project typically has more contributors and a long life

Why open governance

Challenges

  • Trust on your Community :)
  • Give responsabilities

Action plan

  • Engaging people by merit: apply the Do-acracy model
  • Reliability with community consensus
  • Define a vote mechanism to engage your Community

Advantages

  • Transparency is a fact for auditing
  • Avoid effort spent only for a single person or company
  • Decision taken from community consensus are accepted by anyone
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