March 26th, 2007 - The Long and Short of Open Source
I recently wrote a case study of Jetstar (a Quantas affiliate) and their implementation of the open source content management system Joomla!. Here’s a link to the article as it appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.
It’s a decent little read I think, but it’s not the bigger article I had in mind. In the course of the research I got quite interested in the dynamics of open source teams, and what corporations can learn from the way these distributed, volunteer teams work. There are some great lessons about documentation, virtual team collaboration, global communication styles, and motivation. That, in my mind, is the article that should be (and perhaps will be) written. I learned a great deal from some good discussions with Joomla team members past (Andrew Eddie) and present (Brad Baker). I also connected with The Cathedral and The Bazaar author Eric S. Raymond for a short but engaging conversation. My thanks to these gents for sharing ideas that have yet to find a place in print.