Free Software project management

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Wed Jul 30 14:42:47 BST 2003

On Wednesday 30 July 2003 11:37, Stephan Kulow wrote:
> On Tuesday 29 July 2003 22:52, Marc Mutz wrote:
> > Granted, if some developers in a project willingly or accidently violate
> > layering (or any other guidelines), then layering can't work. The
> > solution is to educate such developers, not to proclaim that the
> > process doesn't work.
> I doubt anyone is doubting the process wouldn't work the way you suggest.
> The only question remaining is: will we have any developers left after
> a year willing to accept education how they are supposed to program
> in their free time.

There are already rules that developers are indirectly taught.
This thread partly is about more clearly identifying the rules and
the mechanisms and reflect on them.
You indirectly propose that steering this won't work.
Ralf is also a proponent of that. 
I tend to disagree from my background.

> I'm sure books about project managment would suggest
> all the things you suggest, BUT: there are simply no books about project
> management in open source projects afaik. If I'm wrong, give me the
> link, I'll buy it today.

There are some publications about Free Software management
and of course the knowledge in classic books still applies.
I believe the extrem programing and agile processes schools
of software engineering to be interesting to Free Software development.
Theories and recepies have to be adapted to the 
circumstances at hand, so that is no news.

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