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Re: [Offtopic] Stories about Process Change


From: Christopher Oezbek
Subject: Re: [Offtopic] Stories about Process Change
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 14:26:06 +0200
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Hello Autoconf-Users and Developers,
so far nobody from this mailing-list has participated in sharing insights about what it takes to bring new ideas into Free and Open Source projects.

I guess this is, because answering takes just too much time or people are in general fed up with surveys.

So to make it easier to participate I am offering to do the work of writing the story myself (kind of as a ghost-writer), if you guys can give me a pointer to start with (a link to an email from an mailing-list archive for instance). Again, its about getting new ideas into a project (affecting change is the more general term) and learning what works and what doesn't.

Many thanks,
  Christopher

------- Forwarded message -------
From: "Christopher Oezbek" <address@hidden>
Subject: [Offtopic] Stories about Process Change

Your experience as developers in Free and Open Source Software projects is needed. I am researching what happens if a developer attempts to change the way a project works (in contrast to changing the software being developed) and would like to ask for your stories of successful change that you achieved and attempts that did not work out.

For instance tell me about...
  * What was your goal (and what was the motivation for that?)?
  * How did you approach it (what worked?, what didn't?, why?)?
  * What kind of project was this with?
  * Which people and tools were important for making this a
success/failure?
  * How did your relationship with the project change?
  * What advice would you give other community members with similar goals?

Reply to this email or submit anonymously at

http://survey.mi.fu-berlin.de/public/survey.php?name=changeEpisode

Thank you very much,

Christopher Oezbek

P.S.: If you are thinking about making such a change or are currently on it, feel free to drop me a note so I can share what I have learned so far.

P.P.S.: Results will be made available at

http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/w/SE/SurveyChange

over the next month, where you can also find further information.

--
Christopher Oezbek
Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/~oezbek/




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