Governance of Growing Open Source Communities

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On Air: 14:00 - 15:00 EST (GMT-5)
Monday, January 26th, 2015

We often discuss ways to grow your community, but when communities grow big things might get out of control and governance needs to be re-­evaluated to fit this growth. In this hangout we once again speak with community managers from open source communities—such as Samsung, Elastic Search, Read Hat, Drupal, Joomla, KDE and TYPO3—who have experienced enormous growth during the past years and encountered the same problems pertaining to governance and communication.


Ben van 't EndeBen van ‘t Ende
Community Manager at TYPO3

Ben is a community manager, consultant, yoga-fan, musician, husband and father. He currently works as TYPO3’s Community Manager, leading the TYPO3 community to grow, connect and communicate, reducing bottlenecks, inspiring to share and encouraging people to join and participate.

Connect with Ben on Twitter at @benvantende or on Google+.


Mirko BoehmMirko Boehm
Open Source Researcher at Technical University of Berlin

Mirko is a general manager with substantial software engineering experience and leadership skills. Focuses on management of software teams and companies. Experienced executive and software architecture specialist. Interested in Free Software on a political and technical level, political economics and organizational theory and practice.

Connect with Mirko on Twitter at @mirkoboehm or on Google+.

Ruth CheesleyRuth Cheesley
Community Leadership Team at Joomla

Ruth has been a passionate supporter of Open Source technologies for many years, and has been part of the Joomla community since 2007. Ruth is part of the Joomla Community Leadership Team, supporting local User Groups and the Marketing Working Group.

Connect with Ruth on Twitter at @RCheesley or on Google+.

Dawn FosterDawn Foster
Director of Community at Puppet Labs

Dawn has more than 16 years of experience in business and technology with expertise in community building, community management, open source software, market research, RSS and more. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events. She has experience building new communities, and managing existing communities with a particular emphasis on developer and open source communities. Past jobs include work at Intel and Jive Software.

Connect with Dawn on Twitter at @geekygirldawn or on Google+.

Leslie HawthornLeslie Hawthorn
Community Manager at Elasticsearch

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 and gave a few great talks on many things open source. In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as Director of Developer Relations, where she leads community outreach efforts.

Connect with Leslie on Twitter at @lhawthorn or on Google+.

David HurleyDavid Hurley
Community Manager at Joomla

David Hurley is an open source advocate and travels most weeks of the year to speak around the world on topics of tech, PHP and open source software. He is the community manager for Joomla and he is also a member of the production leadership team, the framework maintainers, and a number of other teams. David writes obsessively at and is an active partner in several businesses.

Connect with David on Twitter at @dbhurley or on Google+.

Guy MartinGuy Martin
Senior Strategist at Samsung Open Source Group

Guy Martin is a Senior Strategist with the Samsung Open Source Group, where he represents the company to the broader open source community and works with internal Samsung teams to help accelerate their use of and collaboration with open source software. Guy has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering, technical marketing, and community management consulting.

Connect with Guy on Twitter at @guyma or on Google+.

Holly RossHolly Ross
Executive Director at Drupal Association

Holly Ross is the Executive Director at the Drupal Association. Holly has
spent her career working with nonprofits and technology and comes to the Drupal Association after a 10-year tenure at the Nonprofit Technology Network. She is thrilled to work with a community that shares her passion for using technology to make great things happen in the world.

Connect with Holly on Twitter at @drupalhross or on Google+.

Discussion Questions

  1. What pain points have you experienced during community growth?
  2. What is the role of governance in your community?
  3. Success of a project depends on strong sustained leadership, how do you execute this?
  4. In your community, what is the role of your association/foundation in leadership?
  5. How should we handle complaints and conflict effectively while giving people a voice, being transparent, and bringing resolution and satisfactory outcomes?
  6. How can we build bridges between our communities?
  7. What lessons have we learned in Open Source we do not have to learn the hard way again?

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Sherrie Rohde

Community Manager at Magento
As the Community Manager for Magento, Sherrie connects people with resources and with each other, and, since she’s just a bit passionate about the topic, she also co-produces a weekly broadcast for community professionals called #CMGRHangout. An ENFP, Sherrie is obsessed with innovation, terrified of status quo, and motivated by adventure. 
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