Back in July 2017 I wrote a blog post, published by Codethink, explaining why is a good business to support community driven FOSS events. This post is related to that one. I will be attending to Akademy 2018. It will take place in Vienna, Austria, from August 11th to 17th. I will be there representing … Continue reading Codethink is sponsoring Akademy 2018 and I am attending.
IntroductionWhen the Agile Manifesto became popular and based on them, agile methodologies like Scrum, XP or Kanban, upstream development was in its early stages as collaboration ecosystems of companies.Only a few for profit organizations embraced developing upstream back then. Most of them were small and heavily influenced by FLOSS engineers vision. Free software communities were … Continue reading Apply agile methodologies to upstream development environments…. if you can.
From the corporate world I frequently hear how hard it is to predict and track what upstream developers do. On the other side, developers that work part or full time upstream frequently underestimate the need for communicating what they do in a way that enable others (or themselves) to provide deadlines and effort estimations. Upstream … Continue reading Where the corporate and the upstream worlds meet…. or collide.
I would like to point two risks that I have experienced myself and as manager throughout the last few years working in open environments (Free Software Communities) or projects involving interactions with them. 1.- In any community, there is so much to do...., so many interesting and innovative areas, so many disruptive ideas that can … Continue reading Two risks when working as employee in Free Software communities
Related to our topic, the most relevant internal factors /strengths and weaknesses) I can think of are the following:Strengths Passion. Collaboration. Sense of community/identity. Worldwide project. Prominent FLOSS project. Well known brand. Leading technology. Innovative. Well defined product (software). Broad base of skills. Efficient development process. Economically sustainable. Internal communication. Passion: KDE, like other community … Continue reading Some previous ideas about building new ecosystems around free software projects (V)