How to run open-source projects well — education of a project lead

by Vladimir Piskarev

Ultimately, I believe that the only way to really learn something is by doing, but education is quite important too. I have never run an open-source project before, though I’m not entirely uneducated in that area. Besides watching how other Eclipse projects are run and making minor contributions occasionally, I’ve read the excellent book “Innovation Happens Elsewhere” by Ron Goldman and Richard P. Gabriel. The authors are highly regarded, to say the least, and the book, although quite lengthy, is an essential read. Actually, I’ve read it twice. I’ve enjoyed reading the influential “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” by Eric Raymond. I’ve also read the Development Resources available on the Eclipse Wiki.

Have I missed something essential to that education end? What resources would you recommend to an aspiring Eclipse project lead?

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