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What can all managers learn from Free, Open Source Software?

Nov 12, 2010, 11:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

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"The 2010 edition of the Free/Open Source Software in Academia Conference (fOSSa) was an interesting event, about which I will publish a general report here at Stop!/Zona-M in a couple of days. In this page, instead, I intend to present something I found in common among several fOSSa talks. Something that is relevant for everybody who cares about effective business and human resources management in any sector, not just in the software industry.

"Big Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) development projects have much less coordination requirements than projects of the same size in traditional companies. They don't happen by magic, though: lots of planning and coordination, that is good management, are needed to make them succeed. Speaking on this subject at fOSSa Martin Michlmayr pointed out, among other things, that:

"1. essential qualities of a good FOSS Project Manager are leadership, coordination, organization, planning, people motivation: for Martin, the last point includes making sure that project members feel that they helping other people outside the project community, to solve REAL problems they have"

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