Innovation Happens Elsewhere
In this interview (by yours truly), Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Part Two of a Conversation With Sun Microsystems Laboratories' Ron Goldman, with Sun's Ron Goldman, he talks about working with Richard Gabriel to help groups at Sun build successful communities around such open-source projects as Jini technology, the NetBeans IDE, OpenOffice, JXTA technology, java.net, and, most recently, OpenSolaris. They've put their insights into a Jolt award-winning book, Innovation Happens Elsewhere.
I found Ron's observations interesting. Here's some in a nutshell:
* The key to successful open source projects is passionately shared goals.
* There are always more smart people outside of a company than in it. Hence, "Innovation Happens Elsewhere".
* The biggest misconception managers have is that they can cut back on the number of people in their group working on a project by making open sourcing it, because the community will pick up the slack. But in fact, it's the opposite: An open-source project takes more resources than an internal proprietary one.
* Another misconception is that open source is business as usual and doesn't require fundamental change.
* Users are often a neglected resource in open source communities. Because they often are not programmers, they may not get a vote, but who is better than the end-user at evaluating the software?
I'm wondering if these ring true to you....