Project Management for Communities



Project management for open source communities is often taxing and difficult. Many community initiatives struggle because of the difficult environment of volunteerism and a lack of dedicated PM resources. This session will be a set of two case studies from PMs within the Drupal community.


All communities have initiatives and ways that they would like to improve. Often these initiatives grow to include dozens or hundreds of volunteers and reach a level of complexity that rivals that of many major corporations. Unfortunately, these projects often stall or face difficulties because of their nature. Good project management is one of the key factors of success in these initiatives. However, managing a volunteer led effort with a diverse set of goals and interests is often a difficult quagmire and leads to interesting an unique project management challenges.

This session will be with two project managers within the Drupal community"

  • Chris Strahl was one of the lead project managers for the recent redesign.
  • Melissa Anderson was the lead project manager for the recent migration of from CVS to Git.

Rather than focusing on Drupal, this talk will be about how each of these major projects came to be successful within a large open source community.

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