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Builder.com: Open Source Projects Require Reality Check

Oct 17, 2002, 11:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shelley Doll)

"If you think managing projects is a challenge, try working with volunteers who have no set schedule, and whom you likely have never met face-to-face. As more businesses become curious about running or engaging in open source initiatives, a realistic approach to managing such efforts is needed. Open team project management can be difficult, and when trying to collaborate with developers who are apt to vote with their feet, anything can change at any moment.

"Standard project management methodologies are not always applicable, and open source endeavors spanning huge geographic areas make critical collaboration points, such as version control, bug tracking, and communication forums, essential to the cohesiveness of a team. Successful guidance of a team in an open environment requires diplomacy, experience, and an unwavering focus on direction. If you fail to supply the right amount of each, your project could take unexpected turns, with desired functionality left incomplete, or the project may be abandoned altogether..."

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