Conducting Your Open Source Project

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B304


How are open source projects like symphonies? In this session, we will review leadership strategies and insights gained from conducting non-profit amateur performing ensembles. We will discuss how to coordinate and lead teams of volunteers in both top-down and self-governing organizations.


Have you ever wanted to inject more energy into your project team?

Have you ever needed to reach a hard deadline and felt your resolve quailing?

Have you ever had to deal with a disgruntled (but important) team member?

Have you ever tried to revive a dead (or only mostly-dead) project?

These are all common scenarios for open source projects; they are also situations often seen in community performing arts organizations. In this session, we will cover leadership strategies and insights gained from organizing, managing, and conducting volunteers in the arts. We will cover how to coordinate and lead in both top-down and self-governing organizations and what open source project management can learn from arts management (and vice versa).

Speaking experience

I have been a presenter at OSB twice (Geek Choir) and have spoken as OSCON (2011, 2012) and PgCon (in Ottawa). This would be the first time I've given this specific talk.


  • Brewer

    Michael Alan Brewer

    The University of Georgia


    Michael Brewer is a Web Developer Principal for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and has served on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. In 2005, he won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association for an academic advising application he maintains; he also serves on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds bachelor degrees in both Mathematics and Music from The University of Georgia, conducts Georgia’s oldest continuously-operating community band, is Director of Music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Athens, GA), and is a member of ASCAP.