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Own it: working with a changing open source community

  1. 1. Own it Working with a changing open source community Selena Deckelmann PostgreSQL Global Development Group
  2. 2. “[C]ommunities are composed of individuals who collaborate toward a common goal but do not share a common employer and are not governed by an employment hierarchy.” The Role of Participation Architecture in Growing Sponsored Open Source Communities Joel West and Siobhán O’Mahony
  3. 3. Forks open doors.
  4. 4. • MySQL • Percona Server • MariaDB • MySQLAtFacebook • Google patchset • Drizzle
  5. 5. • MySQL - Core • Percona Server - Branch • MariaDB - Branch (more Forky now) • MySQLAtFacebook - Branch • Google patchset - Branch • Drizzle - Fork
  6. 6. User Deployer-Developer Extending Co-Developer Co-Developer Free Software Commons From http://webmink.com/essays/community-types/
  7. 7. User { What we had with Deployer-Developer MySQL Extending Community Co-Developer Co-Developer Free Software Commons From http://webmink.com/essays/community-types/
  8. 8. User Deployer-Developer Extending Co-Developer { Co-Developer What forks enable now Free Software Commons From http://webmink.com/essays/community-types/
  9. 9. Where we are growing the fastest { User Deployer-Developer } Extending Co-Developer Postgres Co-Developer has always focused here Free Software Commons From http://webmink.com/essays/community-types/
  10. 10. “However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than the past.” http://mashable.com/2009/03/30/microsoft-encarta-to-close/
  11. 11. Ingredients • Revision control • Peer review • Public discussion
  12. 12. “Companies or foundations that run open source project are not software firms, they are community management firms whose communities happen to make software. Consequently to survive and thrive these projects need to invest less in enhancing governance structures or employees who will improve their capacity to code. “Instead, we should consider skills and structures that emphasize facilitation, mediation, and conflict management – tools, skills and structures that will enable the community to better collaborate.” http://eaves.ca/2006/12/17/community-management-as-open-sources-core-competency/
  13. 13. “owning” code == first class project citizen
  14. 14. How does that affect businesses?
  15. 15. Open door #1 Make friends
  16. 16. Trust and reputation
  17. 17. People are not companies.
  18. 18. Developers must have relationships and represent your company.
  19. 19. Community is that friend that helps you move.
  20. 20. Core developers are catalysts.
  21. 21. Open Door #2 Chunk it
  22. 22. (“it” == contributions)
  23. 23. The Pottery Barn Rule
  24. 24. Huge patches suck • Unknown contributors: too much at stake to support • Trusted contributors: too much to review, digest and spend time on while other work goes on in parallel OR is stopped to deal with the huge patch • It sucks for the developer (and company) to be rejected after all that work
  25. 25. You will have to change your code.
  26. 26. • "Get someone from the community involved in your ideas as early as possible so that you can even get half-baked ideas vetted early, rather than creating something in a vacuum.” • “[C]oncentrate on the smallest portion of the idea you can execute perfectly.” • “Resist the temptation to build a giant patch all at once, as those are much less likely to be reviewed usefully and therefore committed." http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Submitting_a_Patch
  27. 27. Get out of your oval office.
  28. 28. Open Door #3 Take responsible action
  29. 29. Do-ocracy
  30. 30. People are already doing things.
  31. 31. Contribute what the community needs.
  32. 32. Commitfest tool
  33. 33. Peace Corp Model
  34. 34. Things you can do now • User Groups • Answer questions • Fund travel • Sponsor conferences • Comment on blog posts
  35. 35. What Business Can Do Make Friends. Chunk it. Take responsible action.
  36. 36. Thanks. @selenamarie selena@chesnok.com http://chesnok.com

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