Working at 120% without a burn-out

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Working at 120% without a burn-out

  1. 1. Working at 120% without a burn-out Sander van der Waal – OSS Watch TransferSummit – 7 September 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>OSS Watch </li></ul><ul><li>UK based advisory service </li></ul><ul><li>Publicly funded to serve UK Higher Education (HE) sector </li></ul><ul><li>In existence since 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Helped develop and drive open source policy in HE </li></ul>“ OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development, and licensing of free and open source software.”
  3. 3. <ul><li>Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Licence </li></ul><ul><li>Code hosting </li></ul>“ I will make my project open source. I’ll put an open source licence on it and stick it on SourceForge when the project’s finished”
  4. 4. <ul><li>Open Development </li></ul><ul><li>Licence </li></ul><ul><li>Code hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Governance model </li></ul><ul><li>Open up development process </li></ul>“ We’re starting this project and have read your documents on governance models. We’re thinking of a meritocratic model to start with but are not sure.” Website Mailing List Version Control Issue Tracker
  5. 5. Open up your project for collaboration “ If I set up a forum or mailing list people will just be sending in queries and I have no time to deal with all that.” Hmm.. Let’s see..
  6. 6. Production vs. collaboration vs. Production 100% Production Collaboration 40% 60%
  7. 7. <ul><li>Collaboration effort </li></ul><ul><li>User support </li></ul><ul><li>User experience </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelism and Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics and artwork </li></ul><ul><li>Technical writing </li></ul><ul><li>Translations </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Why collaborate? </li></ul><ul><li>Turn 100% into 120% </li></ul>* 3 = Production Collaboration 40% 60% Overlapping Collaboration 40% 30% Local needs 30% Overlapping Collaboration 40% 120% Local needs Overlapping Overlapping
  9. 9. Ecosystem of projects YOU?
  10. 10. <ul><li>Want to get started collaborating? </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a governance model </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a licence </li></ul><ul><li>Open up your development process </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Governance Model: Benevolent Dictatorship </li></ul><ul><li>Decision making </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Lazy) Community consensus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conflict resolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benevolent Dictator, or lieutenants make a decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because they have the respect of the community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage because you trust the benevolent dictator </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Governance Model: Meritocracy </li></ul><ul><li>Decision making </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Lazy) Community consensus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conflict resolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those with merit decide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because they have the respect of the community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage because you respect and trust the meritocracy </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Choose a licence </li></ul><ul><li>Only considering popular licences? </li></ul><ul><li>Copyleft vs. Permissive? </li></ul><ul><li>How to deal with patents? </li></ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction? </li></ul>
  14. 15. Open Development tools Forums Mailing Lists Blogs Social Networks Micro blogging Mail Archives Website Version Control Issue Tracker
  15. 17. Integrate and automate Triggers Set up ONLY What you USE Syndication
  16. 18. <ul><li>Make your project known </li></ul><ul><li>Choose code hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Submit your project to project registries (Simal, Ohloh) </li></ul><ul><li>Publicise (blog, microblog, mailing lists) </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to people at events </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Read more </li></ul><ul><li>Open Development methodology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://oss.ly/odm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Licence Differentiator </li></ul><ul><li>http://oss.ly/licdif </li></ul><ul><li>Document on community tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://oss.ly/tools </li></ul></ul>

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