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Advogato: Free Source Project Management

Nov 06, 2000, 22:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Krawitz)

"Project management and engineering is a largely neglected aspect of free source development. Monty R. Manley addressed this issue in his article Managing Projects the Open Source Way. He proposes a much more formal style of software development for free source (my term for the union of free software and open source) projects, along the lines of traditional commercial development. I absolutely agree about the need for better engineering practices. What I think we need to do, though, is recognize how free source operates, extract the best practices from it, and from that try to find engineering practices that mesh well with the culture."

"Manley's article is very thought-provoking, and prodded me to give some thought to issues that have been at the back of my mind for a while. As a free source project lead myself (for gimp-print), I've had to face a lot of these issues. In my professional career, I've frequently been both a developer and release engineer, and I've developed some insights from this experience."

"What I'd like to do is explore some of the issues Manley raises, analyze how they apply to the free source community, and come up with some suggestions, or at least points for future work."

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