ApacheCon NA 2013

Portland, Oregon

February 26th – 28th, 2013

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Tuesday 4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Open Development in the Enterprise

Bertrand Delacretaz

Community Over Code
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How to apply Open Source wisdom in your company - this talk looks at how well the open development model works in a large or small company.


Open Development is often mentioned in open source circles nowadays, as a way to make projects really open, sustainable and based on meritocracy rather than on people's titles or hierarchical ranking. Does this model have its place in the enterprise? Can we apply the open source governance models to enterprise projects, where you'd usually expect a strictly hierarchical decision making process? The open collaboration methods used by the R&D group that the author is a member of at Adobe demonstrate that this is not only possible, but brings measurable benefits in terms of agility, employee satisfaction and quality of the final product. This talk describes the key elements that make this possible, and provides pointers to developers or project leaders to start using such a model in their own projects.