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Better Together: Lessons in Open Source Community from Mozilla

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WordCamp New York - About Mozilla WordCamp New York - About Mozilla Presentation Transcript

  • Better Together: Lessons in Open Source Community from Mozilla Paul Kim Automattic WordCamp New York November 14, 2009 1
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  • Over 300 million people use Firefox as their browser Firefox market share as of 04/2009 3
  • Mozilla’s Mission: To promote choice and innovation on the Internet 4
  • Mozilla a global, open source project a mission-oriented organization a public benefit company and subsidiaries 250 employees 40% of code comes from non-employees 20,000+ testing volunteers over 300 million users 5
  • 2004 6
  • New York Times Campaign 10,000 donors, $250,000 raised 7
  • Insight #1 Push (most) decision-making to the edges 8
  • Open source principles 1. high agreement on core values 2. decision-making rests with module owners 3. groups will develop distinct ways of working 4. many decision-makers outside the “official” org 5. communication is central 9
  • Chaos Anyone can comment on a proposal for a change 10
  • Chaos Anyone can submit a change to the code 11
  • Order Not everyone can approve a change 12
  • Order Strong leadership structure 13
  • Order Strong leadership structure 14
  • Order Identify and elevate smart contributors 15
  • Create small teams, led by strong contributors, and give them responsibility 16
  • Chaordic system The strongest open systems are chaords 1. distributed decision-making 2. nodal authority 3. ways to route around 17
  • Insight #2 Communication will happen in every way possible (so make sure it’s reusable) 18
  • Wikis 19
  • Blogs 20
  • Primary work channels: Bugzilla, IRC & newsgroups 21
  • Increasing use of video and audio 22
  • Lots of real life meetups 23
  • Insight #3 Surprise is overrated 24
  • Surprise is the opposite of engagement 25
  • Increase the inner circle of participation ... 26
  • ... and strive to make everyone feel included 27
  • Insight #4 Make it easy for your community to do the important things 28
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  • Not just for programmers - everyone can help! 33
  • Increasingly, the focus is on making it easier for anyone to participate 34
  • 2009 “It’s too late to be a pessimist.” - Yann Arthus Bertrand 35
  • Thanks paul@automattic.com blog.numenity.org @pkim All content CC-Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike Ideas and materials borrowed with gratitude from: John Lilly, Mike Beltzner and the Mozilla community Image credits: “Internet map” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/Internet_map_1024.jpg All other images from the Mozilla community 36