Your open source community needs a program manager

I may be a little biased: I can feed my kids because Red Hat pays for Fedora to have a program manager. Even though most communities don’t have a program manager title, they have people doing the work. I wrote Program Management for Open Source Projects to give those folks a way to do the work intentionally.

In my latest article for The Pragmatic Programmers, I explain why communities need a program manager — and how open source program management is different from its corporate counterpart.

Program management is a discipline just like any other. But that doesn’t mean your community needs to wait for an experienced program manager to come along. Open source has long relied on — and enabled — people working outside of their usual expertise. So define the program manager role for your community and find a person or two to take the role. The improved communication and coordination will make a difference.

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Ben is a principal program manager at Red Hat, focused on the Fedora Project. 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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