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The secrets of buildingan Open Source community             Dries Buytaert    Founder and project lead Drupal      Co-foun...
Meet Dries Buytaert•   founded Drupal•   co-founded Acquia•   co-founded Mollom•   President Drupal Association•   likes p...
Open Source communities can be truly amazing                                        Artist: Julian Bever
Artist: Julian Bever
Artist: Julian Bever
DrupalSoftware to build websites with
Drupal is for rock music
Drupal is for rock music
Drupal is for pop music
Drupal is for pop music
Drupal is for world causes
Drupal is for world causes
Drupal is for finance
Drupal is for finance
Drupal is for developer communities
Drupal is for developer communities
Drupal is for universities
Drupal is for universities
Drupal is for governments
Drupal2% of web1,000 contributors to Drupal 7 core10,000+ modules25,000+ contributors1M+ registered users on drupal.org5M ...
Drupal growth is held back by the lack of Drupal talent
Drupal is Open Source1. Freedom to run the program2. Freedom to study the program3. Freedom to modify the program4. Freedo...
There is a lot of (administrative) overhead associatedwith testing and deploying proprietary software
Open Source
Open SourceCollaboration
Open Source is a development model
Open Source
Open SourceCollaborationCommunity
3,000 Drupal developers     DrupalCon Chicago 2011
Open Source
Open SourceCollaborationCommunity Innovation
* Yes, that is a Drupal sticker  No, it is not me!
Only Drupal can get away with wearing            blue spandex in public.               Also, no one is getting paid to do ...
Community can help make the difference between this and ...
Drupal2% of web1,000 contributors to Drupal 7 core10,000+ modules25,000+ contributors1M+ registered users on drupal.org5M ...
Technically superior- Quantity- Quality- Faster
Difficult?
“The desire to be part of a group that shares, cooperates,or acts in concert is a basic human instinct.” -- Clay Shirky
Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community
Dries’ five “secrets” for         building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray ...
Secret #1:provide the right tools
“Replace planningwith coordination”      Clay Shirky
Community design patterns•   Adoption: easy registration, RSS feeds,    documentation•   Identity: profiles, avatars, buddy...
Drupal.org runs Drupal
Dries’ five “secrets” for         building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray ...
Secret #1:There is no quick rich formula
Meet Dries 11 years ago when he started work on Drupal ...   Student dorm in Antwerp    where I started Drupal            ...
Drupal 1.0.0 released                         on January 15, 2001    Today, drop.org announces the release of Drupal 1.00 ...
2003 - Drupal 4.1
5 years ago at the first DrupalCon                                    40 Drupal developers                                 ...
“Drupal tower”3,000 Drupal developers      DrupalCon Chicago 2011
Dries’ five “secrets” for         building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray ...
Secret #3: hurray for growing pains
The Big Drupal Server Meltdown in 2005
Open Source development and communities         are always a bit broken
Dries’ five “secrets” for         building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray ...
Build a commercial ecosystem
Trust, not money, is the currency of Open Source                                Make trust flow
Dries’ five “secrets” for           building a community1. There is no quick rich formula2. Hurray for growing pains3. Prov...
Secret #5:Leadership trumps management
Find a higher purpose as a project
Create an environment where everyone is … a respected         …and a dedicated    leader                     follower
Dries’ five “secrets” for           building a community1. There is no quick rich formula2. Hurray for growing pains3. Prov...
Get out of the way of the community ...
THANK YOU! http://buytaert.net :: http://twitter.com/dries :: dries@buytaert.net
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  1. 1. The secrets of buildingan Open Source community Dries Buytaert Founder and project lead Drupal Co-founder and CTO Acquia http://buytaert.net :: http://acquia.com @Dries on Twitter
  2. 2. Meet Dries Buytaert• founded Drupal• co-founded Acquia• co-founded Mollom• President Drupal Association• likes photography• holds a PhD in CS
  3. 3. Open Source communities can be truly amazing Artist: Julian Bever
  4. 4. Artist: Julian Bever
  5. 5. Artist: Julian Bever
  6. 6. DrupalSoftware to build websites with
  7. 7. Drupal is for rock music
  8. 8. Drupal is for rock music
  9. 9. Drupal is for pop music
  10. 10. Drupal is for pop music
  11. 11. Drupal is for world causes
  12. 12. Drupal is for world causes
  13. 13. Drupal is for finance
  14. 14. Drupal is for finance
  15. 15. Drupal is for developer communities
  16. 16. Drupal is for developer communities
  17. 17. Drupal is for universities
  18. 18. Drupal is for universities
  19. 19. Drupal is for governments
  20. 20. Drupal2% of web1,000 contributors to Drupal 7 core10,000+ modules25,000+ contributors1M+ registered users on drupal.org5M unique visitors/monthFREE
  21. 21. Drupal growth is held back by the lack of Drupal talent
  22. 22. Drupal is Open Source1. Freedom to run the program2. Freedom to study the program3. Freedom to modify the program4. Freedom to re-distribute the program
  23. 23. There is a lot of (administrative) overhead associatedwith testing and deploying proprietary software
  24. 24. Open Source
  25. 25. Open SourceCollaboration
  26. 26. Open Source is a development model
  27. 27. Open Source
  28. 28. Open SourceCollaborationCommunity
  29. 29. 3,000 Drupal developers DrupalCon Chicago 2011
  30. 30. Open Source
  31. 31. Open SourceCollaborationCommunity Innovation
  32. 32. * Yes, that is a Drupal sticker No, it is not me!
  33. 33. Only Drupal can get away with wearing blue spandex in public. Also, no one is getting paid to do this.
  34. 34. Community can help make the difference between this and ...
  35. 35. Drupal2% of web1,000 contributors to Drupal 7 core10,000+ modules25,000+ contributors1M+ registered users on drupal.org5M unique visitors/monthFREE
  36. 36. Technically superior- Quantity- Quality- Faster
  37. 37. Difficult?
  38. 38. “The desire to be part of a group that shares, cooperates,or acts in concert is a basic human instinct.” -- Clay Shirky
  39. 39. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community
  40. 40. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray for growing pains4. Make money but pay with trust5. Leadership trumps management
  41. 41. Secret #1:provide the right tools
  42. 42. “Replace planningwith coordination” Clay Shirky
  43. 43. Community design patterns• Adoption: easy registration, RSS feeds, documentation• Identity: profiles, avatars, buddy lists, contacts• Group support: issue queues, trackers, activity streams, reputation• Conversations: messaging, comments, forums, blogs, interest groups, planet / aggregator• Development: CVS/SVN/git/bzr, issue queues, release management
  44. 44. Drupal.org runs Drupal
  45. 45. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray for growing pains4. Make money but pay with trust5. Leadership trumps management
  46. 46. Secret #1:There is no quick rich formula
  47. 47. Meet Dries 11 years ago when he started work on Drupal ... Student dorm in Antwerp where I started Drupal Assembly books Chess board Collection of stamps Compiler booksAll furniture is from IKEA
  48. 48. Drupal 1.0.0 released on January 15, 2001 Today, drop.org announces the release of Drupal 1.00 after an extensive period of testing. Drupal is a full-featured contentmanagement/discussion engine using Apache/PHP/MySQL and suitable to setup a news-driven community or portal site similar to kuro5hin.org and slashdot.org. Current features include discussionforums, web-based administration, theme support, an open submissionqueue, content management, a modularized design, PHP sessions, user management with access control and username/profanity/hostname filters, error logging, a public diary module, an affiliate site module, backend/headline generation (RSS/RDF) and much more.
  49. 49. 2003 - Drupal 4.1
  50. 50. 5 years ago at the first DrupalCon 40 Drupal developers DrupalCon Antwerp 2005
  51. 51. “Drupal tower”3,000 Drupal developers DrupalCon Chicago 2011
  52. 52. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray for growing pains4. Make money but pay with trust5. Leadership trumps management
  53. 53. Secret #3: hurray for growing pains
  54. 54. The Big Drupal Server Meltdown in 2005
  55. 55. Open Source development and communities are always a bit broken
  56. 56. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community1. Provide the right tools2. There is no quick rich formula3. Hurray for growing pains4. Make money but pay with trust5. Leadership trumps management
  57. 57. Build a commercial ecosystem
  58. 58. Trust, not money, is the currency of Open Source Make trust flow
  59. 59. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community1. There is no quick rich formula2. Hurray for growing pains3. Provide the right tools4. Make money but pay with trust5. Leadership trumps management
  60. 60. Secret #5:Leadership trumps management
  61. 61. Find a higher purpose as a project
  62. 62. Create an environment where everyone is … a respected …and a dedicated leader follower
  63. 63. Dries’ five “secrets” for building a community1. There is no quick rich formula2. Hurray for growing pains3. Provide the right tools4. Make money but pay with trust5. Leadership trumps management
  64. 64. Get out of the way of the community ...
  65. 65. THANK YOU! http://buytaert.net :: http://twitter.com/dries :: dries@buytaert.net

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