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 drupal.org redesign.
- Melissa Anderson was the lead project manager for the recent migration of drupal.org 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.
Incite Development LLC
I am a Project Manager at Acquia, a commercial open source company working with Drupal. Most of my clients are large corporations or public-sector defense. Acquia hosts and supports Drupal sites, and also maintains a network of partners to develop and build large-scale websites.
I’m also active in the Drupal community and was one of the project managers for the Drupal.org redesign. I also assisted in the migration of all of the repositories on drupal.org moving from CVS to Git.
- Title: How Governments are Building Communities with Open Source
- Track: Business
- Room: B204
- Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm
This session will provide examples of major government uses of open source technology, and provide some examples and case-studies of how government is contributing to open source and the web.
- Speakers: Chris Strahl