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Is life                                          peachy?                           Yes                             No     ...
Meritocracy in KDE       Part of the “Companies are Community” series       Akademy 2012       Mirko Boehm (mirko@kde.org)...
CWD: ~                 miroslav@silberpfeil: >whoami        - KDE Contributor since 1997:        -- Hacking (kdecore, kdep...
How things get better - an algorithmic perspective.                                          Is life                      ...
Observe   Part ISunday, July 1, 12
Is life peachy at       KDE?       • Surprise: Yes, it is. (Mostly.)       • KDE - Largest meritocratic         volunteer ...
Symptoms of Friction       • Users complaining about lack of quality improvements.       • Users complaining about lack of...
How are others doing?                  • Open Governance Index: “Equal and fair treatment of developers –                 ...
Reflect   Part IISunday, July 1, 12
Voice or ExitSunday, July 1, 12
Community       • Meritocracy of all individuals who contribute       • Self-directed       • All doors open approach     ...
KDE e.V.       • Stakeholder’s association of volunteer contributors       • Only individual membership, no entities      ...
The role of commercial contributors                         Companies                Volunteers                           ...
Act!   Part IIISunday, July 1, 12
Our vision: Improve by default       Get better in every iterationSunday, July 1, 12
Proposal: Extend the Code of Conduct       Contributor’s Rights and ResponsibilitiesSunday, July 1, 12
Contributor’s Responsibilities       • Be open about goals       • Be transparent about activities       • Be committed lo...
New: Contributor’s Rights       • Influence development       • Be an equal among peers       • Benefit from own contributio...
Proposal: Open by Default       Improve TransparencySunday, July 1, 12
Minimize       Discrimination       • Technical vs. non-technical         contributors       • Volunteers vs. companies   ...
Thank you for listening!   Questions?Sunday, July 1, 12
References       • [1] http://www.visionmobile.com/product/open-governance-index       • Image: http://www.flickr.com/photo...
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Meritocracy in KDE

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These are the slides of the presentation at the Akademy KDE conference of 2012. Based on the already great way of how KDE governance works, I identified areas where we excel (developer relations, contributor fluctuation), and areas where we can improve (relations to users and to companies or institutions in general. The talk was recorded, the video will hopefully be up soon.

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  1. 1. Is life peachy? Yes No Go coding/fishing/ Stick head in sand. diving...Sunday, July 1, 12
  2. 2. Meritocracy in KDE Part of the “Companies are Community” series Akademy 2012 Mirko Boehm (mirko@kde.org)Sunday, July 1, 12
  3. 3. CWD: ~ miroslav@silberpfeil: >whoami - KDE Contributor since 1997: -- Hacking (kdecore, kdepim, applications) -- board member 1999 to 2006 -- Desktop Summit 2011 - FSFE Germany team member - researching Free Software and Intellectual Property issues at TU Berlin - married, two kids, lives in Berlin CWD: ~ miroslav@silberpfeil: >Sunday, July 1, 12
  4. 4. How things get better - an algorithmic perspective. Is life peachy? Yes No Go coding/fishing/ Take appropriate diving... action.Sunday, July 1, 12
  5. 5. Observe Part ISunday, July 1, 12
  6. 6. Is life peachy at KDE? • Surprise: Yes, it is. (Mostly.) • KDE - Largest meritocratic volunteer driven FLOSS community. • Outstanding product. • Stable contributor base, easy to join, healthy fluctuation. • Role model for how communites work.Sunday, July 1, 12
  7. 7. Symptoms of Friction • Users complaining about lack of quality improvements. • Users complaining about lack of transparency. • Contributors leaving for non-technical reasons. • Failure to integrate commercial ecosystem. • Problems establishing vendor pickup.Sunday, July 1, 12
  8. 8. How are others doing? • Open Governance Index: “Equal and fair treatment of developers – ‘meritocracy’ – has become the norm, and is expected by developers with regard to their involvement in open source projects.” [1] • Here is Sebas’ and my assessment of KDE’s rating: 74%, second best. 100 90 80 70Percent Points 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Android Qt Symbian MeeGo Mozilla WebKit Linux KDE EclipseSunday, July 1, 12
  9. 9. Reflect Part IISunday, July 1, 12
  10. 10. Voice or ExitSunday, July 1, 12
  11. 11. Community • Meritocracy of all individuals who contribute • Self-directed • All doors open approach • (S)He who does the work decidesSunday, July 1, 12
  12. 12. KDE e.V. • Stakeholder’s association of volunteer contributors • Only individual membership, no entities • Invite-only membership • Passive, supporting membership models • Secret by defaultSunday, July 1, 12
  13. 13. The role of commercial contributors Companies Volunteers Peer Production Formal Economy Informal EconomySunday, July 1, 12
  14. 14. Act! Part IIISunday, July 1, 12
  15. 15. Our vision: Improve by default Get better in every iterationSunday, July 1, 12
  16. 16. Proposal: Extend the Code of Conduct Contributor’s Rights and ResponsibilitiesSunday, July 1, 12
  17. 17. Contributor’s Responsibilities • Be open about goals • Be transparent about activities • Be committed longer-term • Be generous • Be humbleSunday, July 1, 12
  18. 18. New: Contributor’s Rights • Influence development • Be an equal among peers • Benefit from own contributions • Be part of the community, collaborate • Exercise the Four FreedomsSunday, July 1, 12
  19. 19. Proposal: Open by Default Improve TransparencySunday, July 1, 12
  20. 20. Minimize Discrimination • Technical vs. non-technical contributors • Volunteers vs. companies • Users vs. contributors vs. e.V. membersSunday, July 1, 12
  21. 21. Thank you for listening! Questions?Sunday, July 1, 12
  22. 22. References • [1] http://www.visionmobile.com/product/open-governance-index • Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44523343@N00/474411576/ 22Sunday, July 1, 12
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