Managing Open Source Projects
A Wiley Tech Brief
By Jan Sandred
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: March 2002
Pages: 208

Expert advice and practical guidance on developing and managing an open source project
Managing an open source project requires a different approach to management and leadership. If managed the right way, open source can deliver industrial-strength systems that meet users' needs and provide solutions that are fully extendible and maintainable over a long period of time. The resulting code will also be much more consistent and easier to maintain.

This book reveals the new possibilities and opportunities that open source and the Internet create so you can make the right software decisions for your business. Drawing on his own extensive experience, Jan Sandred clearly shows you how to organize and manage open source projects by using the Internet as a collaboration tool. He begins by presenting a brief history of open source and then discusses the different business and project management aspects. Sandred also offers in-depth descriptions of the software tools available for building open source sites and explains the steps that are necessary for setting up an open source project. And he provides you with advice and assistance on working with open source in a network organization.

With the help of several fascinating and instructive case studies, this book explores practical concerns such as:
* Building, motivating, and managing virtual teams
* Structuring tasks and meeting deadlines
* Establishing trust within a team in order to successfully manage a project
* Utilizing the latest project management software tools
* Collecting and communicating information from an open source perspective
* Effectively using the Web to integrate and manage the open source model
* Maintaining project security

The companion Web site at includes additional material, updates, links to other resources, and other valuable information.

Wiley Tech Briefs

Focused on the needs of the corporate IT and business manager, the Tech Briefs series provides in-depth information on new or emerging technologies, solutions, and vendor offerings available in the marketplace. With their accessible approach, these books will help you get quickly up-to-speed on a topic so that you can effectively compete, grow, and better serve your customers. "an essential practical guide" (Linux User, September 2001)

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