Project Market Readiness Index

IntroductionOverviewBest Practices Project AttributesMarket Readiness 


The objective is to assess open source projects from a market perspective and provide a simple indicator of the market readiness of OW2 projects. 


The OW2 MRL are a series of business-related situations that reflect the evolution of a project from initial software development to market leadership. The sequence must take into consideration the changes that must occur for a project to transform itself from a purely technology endeavour to a market powerhouse. And because we replicate the NASA TRL scale, the OW2 MRL scale also has nine levels.

The MRL score positions the project on the OW2 Market Readiness scale. Theoretically the score is a number between 0 and 10, however the scale has nine grades, a software reaches MRL 9 when it is technically mature and broadly used, supported and recognised on the market. Because software is a technical product, the MRL scale is influenced by technical determinations however they should be understood from a market point of view as if confronted to the question: what value is brought to a business user? 

OW2 MRLMRL RationaleMarket RationaleExamplesTechnology Rationale(NASA TRL)
9Market LeaderSignificant market share and global customer base. Properly financed and organized business support. Global active community. Platform, Sub-Project Generation“Flight Proven”
8Established OutsiderCustomer base of mainstream users. Appropriate financing. Active community support and contributions. Recognized softwareFusionDirectory, XWiki, KnowAge, OW2 Proactive,Building Range (Products/Features)“Flight Qualified”
7Established BusinessEstablished product. Customer base of early and mainstream users. Stable financing. Open to community support and contributions.DocDokuPLM, Imixs Workflow, LemonLDAP::NG, Rocket.ChatFull Q&A“Prototype in Space”
6Sizable Adoption or MarketProven product. Customer base of early users. Project fit for third party contributions. Implicit community governanceASM,Authzforce, Joram, Sat4J, Spoon, Sympa Growing Interoperability“Proven Demo”
5Fair Adoption or MarketSome customers, recent market opening, Core team of developers, untested open source governanceLuteceUser Interface Maturing“Relevant Envt Validation”
4Usefulness VerifiedSeveral users, project leadership well establishedCLIF, SeedStack, ReachOutMVP Defined“Lab Validation”
3Fledgeling UsefulnessOne declared user (can be internal) with declared project leaderPItestGolden Scenario“Proof of Concept”
2DevelopmentBasic R&D code developed with one demonstrated use case, some documentationCHOReVOLUTIONPOC“Application Formulation”
1ResearchBasic R&D code developedDSpotMethodology & Algorithms“Basic Principles”

Data Collection

Information is collected via a structured interview with the project leaders and recorded in a form. Questions are not boolean and the form is only here to record the project market situation in the given category. Follow this link for a full list of market situations verified by the methodology and an exemple of the data collection form. 


The market capabilities are combined with the project attributes to provide the Market Readiness Level (MRL) score. The MRL score is the computed average of 12 values: seven Capabilities values and five Attribute values.

 Market Capabilities  Project Attributes
 Product  Activity 
 Community Community 
 Support Compliance 
 Customers Quality 
 Sales Sustainability


The result is simply a number between 0 and 9. That's the whole point of all these efforts! The MRL is published in the shape of a cursor positioned along a single vertical bar.

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