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Running Your Business on Open Source

Open source has a number of advantages for businesses.

* using open source libraries
  - combating NIH syndrome
  - don't reinvent the wheel
  - become part of a community
  - use more stable, tested code than NIH
  - faster development than NIH
  - GH examples (ruby gems used)
    (doesn't mention nginx, rails)

* open sourcing your code
  - if it doesn't exist, and it's general, OS it
  - you know it will be public, so you write cleaner
  - get free work
  - developers create ties in the community
    - network to ask questions, learn from, recruit from
    - cross pollination
  - GH examples
    bert / ernie
  - have customers add features


    {:commits=>120, :lines=>2554, :authors=>52, :percent=>36.05}

    {:commits=>70, :lines=>1564, :authors=>21, :percent=>21.0}

    {:commits=>273, :lines=>3367, :authors=>59, :percent=>51.76}

    {:commits=>127, :lines=>3273, :authors=>46, :percent=>18.26}

* using open source to recruit
  - OS work makes your company known in the community
  - give talks on OS projects, facetime in conferences
  - comitters to your projects are good people to recruit
    - they know your code, they like your projects already
  - GH/(other?) examples

* using open source to find employees
  - ryan, kyle, zach, rick
  - you know they produce
  - you know what their code looks like
  - you know they are passionate
  - github, twitter
  - has anyone here gotten their job through open source work? (me)
    - and chris and pj met tom through OS

* open source development teams
  - open source development process overview
    - maintainer or small team of committers
    - offline communication channels - IRC/email list
    - occasional in-person meetings for big goals (once a year or so)
    - individuals choose what they want to work on
      - still get bugs, unsexy things
      - teams self assemble to solve larger problems

  - development teams can work this way too
    - everyone chooses what they work on, communicates via chat/email
    - no roadmaps, they're useless
      - determine larger goals in chat, keep iterating
    - no backlog for features
      - if you keep hearing about it, someone will do it
    - no daily in-person meetings, make small decisions offline or in code
    - people can work from anywhere, anytime, in any style
    - everyone is passionate about each project, since work is self-assigned
    - teams self-form and shuffle as needed

  - advantages
    - great throughput
      - way less overhead
      - everyone is interested in what they're doing - they choose it
    - results in good products
    - very agile
    - employees love it, better retention (recruiting is very expensive)
      - more flexible
      - always working on something they want
      - more skin in the game - not a cog, feel more involved/important/central

  - pre-requisites
    - own your product - client work probably wouldn't work well
        (unless you have special relationships with the clients)
    - no deadlines - again, clients can't tell you when they need something 
    - passionate developers
      - have to love what they're working on
      - have to be self driven, can work with no specific direction
    - great communication
      - devs have to talk to each other a lot, in many different ways
        - chat, email, in-person, drinking
    - small teams
      - up to 10 still works fine
      - larger companies do multiple small teams that this could work for
        (we'll see soon)
    - best if the team can use the product
      - open source teams always use their product, so they know the pain points
    - however, every company I've worked for has met these requirements,
      but only GitHub does dev this way.  everywhere else had layers of 
      management and was more poorly run with poorer quality output

  - disadvantages
    - less visibility into what everyone is working on
      - mostly a manager problem, because then managers aren't as useful
      - github going for 2 years with no management
    - doesn't work well with people who can't self-motivate 
       or don't care about the product

- overview
  - use open source, open source stuff, hire OS developers, 
    use OS dev practices
  - it will make your company/business better
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