Herding cats: program management in communities (DevConf.US)

A wicker basket full of kittens

This is an updated and extended version of my DevConf.CZ 2019 talk presented at DevConf.US 2020.

Date: 25 September 2020

Location: virtual

Abstract: Large open source projects are complex. Whether you have someone formally filling the role or not, your project is performing program management tasks. This talk covers some of the key work that program managers perform in community projects. This includes managing schedules, tracking changes, leading meetings, and coordinating resources, with a particular emphasis on how this applies to volunteer communities and not just corporate projects.

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Ben formerly led open source messaging at Docker and was the Fedora Program Manager. He is the author of Program Management for Open Source Projects. Ben is an Open Organization Ambassador and frequent conference speaker. His personal website is Funnel Fiasco.


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