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Building
Communities
@AdamTuttle
Lessons Learned From 4
Years Running a Successful
Open Source CFML Project
Agenda
• You should participate in oss.

• What should you build?

• What is success?

• if you build it, will they come?
...
Why should
you care?
Giving Back
GitHub is
Your Resumé
GitHub is
Your Resumé?
GitHub is
Your Resumé?
X
Level Up!
But my work
is top secret!
Community
Approved is
Better than
Home Made
What if it’s
not perfect?
A Poo Dollar is
still a Dollar
What Should
I Build?
Stupid Ideas
are Plentiful
Nobody’s waiting
for a new CFML
Blog engine
Research or
Predict
Interlude...
What Does
Success Look
Like?
Popularity (?)
It could live
without ME
If you build it,
will they come?
Nothing worth
doing in life is
FREE
oct ’09 - CF9
aug ’10 - Taffy 1.0
May ’10 - Taffy first commit
MAY ’11 - Mailing List
Feb ’11 - 1st pull request
May ’12 - CF 10

REST baked in
Taffy 1.0
affy first commit
MAY ’11 - Mailing List
’11 - 1st pull request
July ’13 - Concurrency Bug
Aug ’13 - office hours

3rd birthday

Taffy 2.0
dec ’13 - taffy.io
Jan ’14 -
The Community
exists before
The Product
Can’t I just
make people
participate?
Be Grateful
Start a
Mailing List
Word of Mouth
Market Anyway
Fringe
Benefits?
Don’t Ask
Be Findable
Brand =
Presence +
Consistency
Spam!
Everything is
Leverage
OSS Culture?
Review
• participate in oss

• scratch a common itch

• overnight success takes years

• cfml is a small but friendly pond

• be ...
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  1. 1. Building Communities @AdamTuttle
  2. 2. Lessons Learned From 4 Years Running a Successful Open Source CFML Project
  3. 3. Agenda • You should participate in oss. • What should you build? • What is success? • if you build it, will they come? • How do you build a community? • are there fringe benefits?
  4. 4. Why should you care?
  5. 5. Giving Back
  6. 6. GitHub is Your Resumé
  7. 7. GitHub is Your Resumé?
  8. 8. GitHub is Your Resumé? X
  9. 9. Level Up!
  10. 10. But my work is top secret!
  11. 11. Community Approved is Better than Home Made
  12. 12. What if it’s not perfect?
  13. 13. A Poo Dollar is still a Dollar
  14. 14. What Should I Build?
  15. 15. Stupid Ideas are Plentiful
  16. 16. Nobody’s waiting for a new CFML Blog engine
  17. 17. Research or Predict
  18. 18. Interlude...
  19. 19. What Does Success Look Like?
  20. 20. Popularity (?)
  21. 21. It could live without ME
  22. 22. If you build it, will they come?
  23. 23. Nothing worth doing in life is FREE
  24. 24. oct ’09 - CF9 aug ’10 - Taffy 1.0 May ’10 - Taffy first commit MAY ’11 - Mailing List Feb ’11 - 1st pull request
  25. 25. May ’12 - CF 10 REST baked in Taffy 1.0 affy first commit MAY ’11 - Mailing List ’11 - 1st pull request
  26. 26. July ’13 - Concurrency Bug Aug ’13 - office hours 3rd birthday Taffy 2.0 dec ’13 - taffy.io Jan ’14 -
  27. 27. The Community exists before The Product
  28. 28. Can’t I just make people participate?
  29. 29. Be Grateful
  30. 30. Start a Mailing List
  31. 31. Word of Mouth
  32. 32. Market Anyway
  33. 33. Fringe Benefits?
  34. 34. Don’t Ask
  35. 35. Be Findable
  36. 36. Brand = Presence + Consistency
  37. 37. Spam!
  38. 38. Everything is Leverage
  39. 39. OSS Culture?
  40. 40. Review
  41. 41. • participate in oss • scratch a common itch • overnight success takes years • cfml is a small but friendly pond • be grateful - be nice • don’t do it for the perks
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