"As an all volunteer, non-profit organization, the ASF is
regularly lauded for its consistent, repeatable, open development
model. This model, affectionately dubbed by some as "the Apache
Way", is behind the ASF's success in scaling from a single project
to 70 primary projects today.
"Each of the ASF's primary technology projects (known as
top-level-projects; abbreviated as TLPs) are independent, governed
by a Project Management Committee (PMC). While you can't force
creativity, and you can't force collaboration, you can get out of
the way. What's unique is that the ASF doesn't have "management"
that dictates who should do what or how the technology should
perform: that's up to each TLP to decide under the guidance of the
PMC. We believe that our community is one of our greatest strengths
behind the Apache brand. The ASF's developer-friendly culture has
championed great creativity and project diversity."