Community — what a profound difference it can make for projects, businesses and organizations of all types. I’ve spent my entire career helping organizations build communities, ranging from internal communities to developer communities, with a strong focus on open source communities. The goal in fostering a healthy community around open source is to engage consumers, customers, and others and encourage them to contribute. With these thoughts in mind, let us consider a few of the important first steps in setting a community strategy, and then I want to tell you about a very special community-focused event that is coming up.
First Steps to Building Open Source Communities
What should a company do when setting an open source community strategy? This is less well understood than it should be. First, it is critical to understand the business value that can be derived from building a community. Just as diversity within an organization can drive tangibly better business results, a healthy community can too.
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