-Open Source development depends a lot on community, their feedback,

their suggestions, their reviews and their enthusiasm.

-For an open source development project, the community itself is the first customer.

-Product release for the community provides a good starting point to assess

how the product will be accepted in the market.

-This is very beneficial as it gives the software development team an edge over

its competitors as it gets the pulse of the customer

-In many ways the open source development has the culture similar to that of

an Agile enterprise.

-The principles guiding open source development are similar to Agile principles

-The session presents views on above as well as how open source development projects employ agile for

both the community development and for their own licensed version of the software.

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Outline/structure of the Session

-A word about open source development

    -upstream and downstream development

How Agile applies to open source

    -Engagement between community and developers

    -role splitting and clarity

    -release distribution

    -quality of delivered software

    -agile eco-system in open source development



Learning Outcome

-Agile vis-a-vis Open Source:

    - how open source uses agile methodology?

    - what new open source development offers to Agile

-Engagement Model:

    -engagement between product teams and user community

    -impact on community software

    -impact on quality and delivery of licensed software

    -how does the user community benefit from this enagagement

-ROI for customers: how do users/customers benefit by using open source software

-Support: how does support mechanism work?

-Outlook: Why open source is catching up faster?

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  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  5 years ago
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    Hi Sharad,

      I worked for a rather large, open source company for a few years and some of the items you bring up are very relevant and true - almost an advantage - to open source communities.  However, there is also a challenge with open source around going where the community wants to go versus what is best for the project.  What are your thoughts on that?



    • Sharad Julka
      By Sharad Julka  ~  5 years ago
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      Hi Joel,

      A couple of natural questions then are: What is best for the project? And who decides that? 

      I believe the community decides what is best for the project. Primary reason for the same is that they are not only the contributors but also the primary users. They best know what the project was envisioned and designed for. 

      I can agree that for some of the open source projects, there has been a loud and concerned voice regarding the project not going where it should go. However, it has been found that this voice comes from a small but more influential and corporate group who have recently found large interest in the project.

      Even if we, for a minute, agree that community is not working in the best interest of the project, I believe for the sake of the project, some actions can definitely be taken. I have seen organizations taking lot of interest in the community development by directing many of their resources towards contributing to community development in addition to contributing to their own version of the open source project. And then, there is not one organization that does it, there are a whole lot of it. So, the development group does not remain purely of community but also of large corporates who directly or indirectly influence the roadmap of the project. I think it demands a very balanced act to be able to get the best out of the community without over-influencing it. Best is to remain as close as possible to the original idea and purpose why this project started and what was the vision. 

      Well, these are just my thoughts. I would be glad to hear from you since you have seen more.



  • Sachin goel
    By Sachin goel  ~  5 years ago
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    Hi Sharad,

    Thanks for the submission. Two specific areas needing your inputs for the proposal:

    1) The title "Agile For Open Source Development Project " makes me believe that we will be talking how to use Agile in Open source development. But you also have put a comment like "In many ways the open source development has the culture similar to that of an Agile enterprise." making me think we can learn some of new agile practices from such development.

    It will help if you can clarify the focus of this talk. Agile in Open Source Dev (OR) Learning from Open Source Dev to improve agile practices

    2) A lot of content, it seems, is around open source software dev and its dynamics, which could be of genuine interest. Though I am not sure if Agile Conference is the right forum.



    • Sharad Julka
      By Sharad Julka  ~  5 years ago
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      Hello Sachin,

      1. Regarding your first point, yes, it is a mix of both and that is why the title "Agile For Open Source Development". There is definitely something that open source can offer to agile as it has lot to do with the community. The community eco-system is self-driven and self-managed and I believe that is one of the great movers for a successful and widely-accepted product. I agree there are concerns regarding support, and that is exactly what I will be touching on.

      2. I have tried to keep as much focus on agile with open source. I have removed the word "development" from the title to not give an impression that I will taking any deep dive into open source development per se. I have also modified all three sections to match the title.

      Undoubtedly, the actual content will have answers, however, please feel free to revert if you feel the proposal still lacks clarity.

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