Floss metrics strategy 2015

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You probably know that community metrics are important, but how do you come up with a plan and figure out what you want to measure? Most open source projects have a very diverse community infrastructure with code repositories, IRC, mailing lists, wikis and other content sites, forums, and more. Deciding where to focus and what to measure across these many technologies can be a challenge.

What you measure can have a huge impact on behavior within the community, and you want to make sure that you are encouraging people to contribute in sane ways by measuring the activities that matter for your project.

In this presentation, I'll talk about how you decide what to measure and give you examples of how I've done this at Puppet Labs and in other projects.

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Floss metrics strategy 2015

  1. 1. YOUR METRICS STRATEGY Dawn M. Foster PhD  Student,  University  of  Greenwich Director  of  Community,  Puppet  Labs @geekygirldawn dawn@dawnfoster.com FLOSS  Community  Metrics  MeeEng Brussels,  January  2015 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tlk/5630885373/
  2. 2. DEFINING COMMUNITY Includes all people working with your project: users, developers, vendors ... Photo by marya
  3. 3. METRICS ARE USEFUL Measure progress, spot trends and recognize contributors. Photo by Marg
  4. 4. START WITH GOALS What is important for your project? https://www.flickr.com/photos/notemily/4765937286
  5. 5. WHY FOCUS ON GOALS? Avoid a mess: measure the right things, encourage good behavior. https://www.flickr.com/photos/94255673@N00/2156221490
  6. 6. SET UP THE RIGHT METRICS Start with your goals and find the right metrics. https://www.flickr.com/photos/paula_121/2235026707
  7. 7. MEASURE TOO MUCH Help in the future when goals have changed or the unexpected happens. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rangerrick/6333917034
  8. 8. NOW WHAT? Report regularly, share with your community and recognize contributions. https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/5092218940
  9. 9. http://bitergia.dev.puppetlabs.com PUPPET METRICS
  10. 10. http://bitergia.dev.puppetlabs.com PUPPET METRICS
  11. 11. University of Greenwich, Centre for Business Network Analysis studying the Linux kernel community TRANSITIONS
  12. 12. Dawn Foster University of Greenwich, Puppet Labs @geekygirldawn, dawn@dawnfoster.com fastwonderblog.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/tlk/5630885373/ THANK YOU

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