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Growing an Open-Source Project: Code to Community

How do you grow an open source project from "It's public and has a LICENSE file" to "Caught fire; people we've never met commit more code than we do"?

We'll explore:
- How do you promote awareness and word-of-mouth, and foster the early community?
- How do you navigate and balance the twin goals of production stability and community-driven features?
- How do you ensure code quality without discouraging involvement?
- Of the values gained from open source - free velocity, hiring, credibility, reputation, and so forth - how much tangible value are you deriving and when does that return start exceeding investment?

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Questions

  1. - How do you promote awareness and word-of-mouth, and foster the early community?
  2. - How do you navigate and balance the twin goals of production stability and community-driven features?
  3. - How do you ensure code quality without discouraging involvement?
  4. - Of the values gained from open source - free velocity, hiring, credibility, reputation, and so forth - how much tangible value are you deriving and when does that return start exceeding investment?
  5. How do you grow an open source project from "It's public and has a LICENSE file" to "Caught fire; people we've never met commit more code than we do"?

Speakers

Organizer

Amanda McGuckin-Hager, Director of Marketing, Infochimps


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