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Working Groups

OSI Working Groups provide opportunities—and resources—to interested contributors to self-organize around affinity issues and projects. Each OSI Working Group is dedicated to addressing a specific need of, and for, the community in line with the OSI's mission of open source education and advocacy while building bridges among different constituencies. You can view all Working Groups--or develop your own--on the OSI Wiki. Below you will find some of the OSI's most active Working Groups open to all to join and contribute to.

The OSI is very excited to announce the creation of, and invite your participation in, the following Working Groups.

  • Free/Libre/Open Works (FLOW) Management Education Working Group

    Mainstream project management education and practice has not kept pace with the evolution of successful free/libre/open source peer-to-peer scenarios. Other than through individual project leaders who happen to be based at educational institutions or active within open source projects, the management education field as a whole is only superficially engaging in open source models. For the most part the field is missing the substantial academic and formal business literature on free/libre/open ethics, methods, processes, governance, HR management, corporate strategy, law and financing, all of which have come to prominence in the operational life of business, government and science.

    To give a prominent tangible example of the disconnect, in the past decade many commercial and government organizations worldwide have adjusted their competitive hiring and procurement processes to include a mandatory requirement for PMP Certification (Project Management Professional), PRINCE2 Certification (Projects in Controlled Environments, v.2) or various “agile methods.” However, each of these accepted approaches lack significant accommodation of key aspects of free/libre/open development and assumes projects are under exclusive organizational terms, and hierarchical management. This OIS Working Group will explore and document what are the best practices for remote, distributed and decentralized projects created and cultivated by community? The results will be made available to various sectors to help educate and train individuals and organizations in open source project and portfolio management.

    How to Participate:
    Learn more about the Working Group
    Contact the Working Group Chair, Joseph Potvin