LinuxFest Northwest 2013

Bellingham, WA April 27th & 28th

Platinum Sponsors

Open Source Project Management: Ship your stuff, while building a better community


Do you <3 logistics? Are you a self-described "cat herder"? Have you ever wondered how to encourage more contribution, boost non-code contributions, or strike a balance between paid and volunteer contributions in your favorite open source project? Join this session to learn about the universe of open source project management.

A plethora of methodologies exist for managing development and release of an open source project. In this talk, Robyn Bergeron will discuss some of these processes, how they can be used in open source software project management, with a focus on those best suited for communities with participants distributed throughout the world. Best practices for encouraging transparency and collaboration will be highlighted, as well as ensuring that key project elements outside "just the code" are represented throughout the life cycle of a project.

Topics include:

  • Time-based vs. Feature-based project scheduling
  • Using tools for better transparency
  • The art of making noise
  • Dealing with new features
  • Including non-code contributions in your plan, and how it helps to foster those parts of your project
  • Why release management doesn't end at release
  • Driving of brown trucks and kitten wrangling will not be covered. Sorry! 



Session Time Slot(s): 

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:00 to 10:50