Product Management in the Open (Source) - community and direction

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B201

Excerpt

Product Management is a generally well defined discipline inside large corporate organizations. But how does it work in the open source world? Do we need it? How does product consensus happen in open source?

Description

Help! We want to have a product that is coherent and which solves problems that are relevant, but we’ve never had product management in our open source project… what do we do?

Or…

Help! I’m now a product manager in an open source organization that has never had product management…. what do we do?

Product Management is a generally well defined discipline inside large corporate organizations. But how does it work in the open source world? Do we need it? How does product consensus happen in open source?

Larissa has been a product manager at two open source non profit organizations and is now working on product management process — this session will be more about sharing “what works” than about someone at the front talking with slides. Bring your ideas!

Speaking experience

Last two years at Open Source Bridge: http://opensourcebridge.org/wiki/2012/Toward_an_Open_Source_Process_for_Security_Vulnerabilities and http://opensourcebridge.org/wiki/2011/Keeping_Agile_at_the_Heart_of_the_Internet

Lots of other speaking engagements in my past... LISA two years, IETF, etc.

Speaker

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    Larissa Shapiro

    Mozilla

    Biography

    Larissa works on the Mozilla project, where after having led product management process change, she has shifted to leading contributior and pathway development on the community building team, which seeks to change the community building culture for the better and grow Mozilla’s global contributor base.
    Prior to joining Mozilla, Larissa was the first (and only) Product Manager at Internet Systems Consortium, an open source public benefit organization which is the creator and maintainer of BIND, the DNS software which serves 80% or more of the nameservers on the internet. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her family. When she is not working on open source projects, she likes to garden and sing the blues.

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