A Good Company Looks Like A Good Open Source Project

Business Insider is running a slideshow feature on “How to run a company that engineers actually want to work for.” It should come as little surprise that the engineer-friendly company looks a lot like successful open source projects, except with a paycheck and benefits. Maybe companies of every stripe should be spending more time looking at FLOSS projects to see what motivates people to contribute.

Some of the tips that BI suggests include making employees comfortable, giving employees a mix of projects, letting workers do useful things, and focusing on short-term planning and reasonable deadlines, etc. Sound familiar? This looks like any number of successful and thriving open source projects. While Business Insider focuses on engineers, the lessons apply to any skilled and creative discipline. It’s as true for marketeers, Web designers, and journalists as it is for software engineers.

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