Good Governance of Open Source Projects

The topic of good governance for open source projects is something I think is really important for the long-term success of any open source project. In an effort to describe some of the best practices, I have written a guest blog post for the Open Source Delivers blog.

For a quick summary, the key points I see for good open source project governance are:

  1.  Complete transparency: Make sure all the key rules and processes are written down
  2.  Vendor neutrality: No one entity should have special status or decision making capability
  3. Appeal to multiple stakeholders: Healthy open source projects have multiple stakeholders, so the governance needs to have a representation for each stakeholder
  4. Separation of Church and State: Project development decisions need to be made by project committers not a ‘higher’ authority

Check out the details on the Open Source Delivers blog. Let me know if I have missed something or what you think.

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