Tips to improve organizations contributing to OpenStack

The slides of my presentation at OpenStack Summit in Paris 2014 (download ODP source, 9M). [slideshare id=HlPbjgEp1l7esC&w=476&h=400&fb=0&mw=0&mh=0&style=border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;&sc=no] How Big Companies Contribute to OpenStack from Stefano Maffulli And the sessions’ recording: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXuadpEhk8]

What Linus can do inside Linux community and you can’t do in yours

Linux kernel community has long been considered the greatest of all the open source communities. Linus Torvalds and his team has set the ground for open source development, defined processes and tools adopted and shared by other successful projects. The Linux kernel mailing list with its public review of patches and git, the tool to…

Social Currency as a tool for community managers

I see a world of games, competitions, fun to be added to online communities using social currency platforms. Social currency is shared information that encourages further social encounters. It’s not a new concept, but the social web increases its prevalence. In the web-based collaboration software platform called Rypple, a simple act of thanking someone on…

Turn your next marketing campaign an “expression campaign”

A very good piece of advice from Coca-Cola’s Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, shifting from measuring consumer’s expressions instead of impressions. Accept that consumers can generate more messages than you ever could Develop content that is “Liquid and Linked” Accept that you don’t own your brands; your consumers do Build a process that shares successes…

Why FLOSS projects may gain from Community Managers

A discussion on identi.ca started by Bradley Kuhn when he said I am becoming increasingly convinced that if your #FLOSS project needs a “Community Manager” or similar position, it’s in trouble. The conversation that followed on identi.caΒ  doesn’t seem to consider two things: FLOSS projects are often the effort of for-profit (or simply revenue seeking,…

Legacy is good, but change can be hard

The new Funambol Forge opened registration to new members. It’s based on Collabnet, as other big free software projects like OpenOffice.org, NetBeans.org, java.net and eBay Dev. I feel comfortable and in good company πŸ™‚ Funambol has a very big community with lots of people that contributed to the project over its many years of life.…

My income online: it’s bad management

I’ve read many comments about the publication of income tax reports by Italian government, the last act of past government. I don’t know if giving my income statement to my neighbors (and to the rest of the world) is good or bad. What really made me angry was the justification by former minister, Visco. He…

Business schools should teach micro-management

I had a laugh today reading an article about Steve Jobs management style from Leander Kahney. As a business school student the article made me think of all the different management styles existing. Jobs is a control freak, a micro-manager, almost a maniac. Will Eisner praised micro-management too at last World Business Forum in Milan.…

News flash: Managing a non-profit organization is real business

After many years of working in a non-profit organization I became convinced that the main difference between for-profit business and non-profit business is in the availability (or lack thereof) of dividends. Plus for-profit companies prefer not to pay dividends and markets pressure corporations to act in stakeholder’s interests (not just shareholder’s) … I leave the…