Brian W. Fitzpatrick: success indicators for Open Source projects

apachecon opensource

Here are Brian's success indicators for Open Source projects, from his Apache: When the Code Just isn’t Enough ApacheCon session.

A Successful Open Source project:

  • Has a healthy community

  • Makes decisions by consensus

  • Can survive people being hit by a (rarely real, but often virtual) bus

  • Can survive poisonous people

  • Doesn't let perfect, be the enemy of good

  • Has a mission statement

  • Documents both software and processes

There's much more to his presentation, but this list is the best part for me.