FOSS Backstage

June 13 - 14, 2018



FOSS Backstage is a new conference on everything related to governance, collaboration, legal and economics within the scope of FOSS. 

Following OW2 participation in the Micro-Summit on November 20, 2017, we are participating in the main summit in June 2018. 

OW2 CEO Cédric Thomas will give a 20 minutes presentation in the workshop room. The session details are presented below. 

Date: June 14 from 4:20PM
Venue: Berlin Kulturbrauerei
Room: Maschinenhaus

Title: Is your project market ready?
Defining Collaboratively the Open Source Projects Market Readiness Assessment: Progress Report, Lessons and Challenges.

As it becomes increasingly mainstream, OSS reaches out to conventional decision makers who are far from free software advocates. These business managers expect more than code, they expect a product. No all open source projects are global stars of the software world. For the majority of outsider open source projects, the challenge is to align with the experience and expectations that conventional decision makers have developed in dealing with well established commercial proprietary software vendors. To address this challenge and provide guidance to both developers and decision makers, we, at OW2, have endeavored to develop an Open Source Market Readiness Index. At OW2 we are convinced this tool must be collaboratively designed, built and maintained by those who will use it, the open source market participants and, in the first place, leaders, contributors and  users of open source projects. As we started working on it as a transparent and open process we learned some valuable lessons and discovered unexpected challenges. After a quick introduction to the concept and the methodology this talk is a progress report and a presentation of a workable Market Readiness Scale that will undoubtedly raise questions and invite feedbacks.

Cedric Thomas, OW2 CEO at FOSS Backstage

Check out the presentation (PDF).

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