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Online communities offer a wide range of opportunities today, whether you're supporting a cause, marketing a product or service, or developing open source software. The Art of Community will help you develop the broad range of talents you need to recruit members to your community, motivate and manage them, and help them become active participants.
Author Jono Bacon offers a collection of experiences and observations from his decade-long involvement in building and managing communities, including his current position as manager for Ubuntu, arguably the largest community in open source software. You'll discover how a vibrant community can provide you with a reliable support network, a valuable source of new ideas, and a powerful marketing force.
The Art of Community will help you:
* Develop a strategy, with specific objectives and goals, for building your community
* Build simple, non-bureaucratic processes to help your community perform tasks, work together, and share successes
* Provide tools and infrastructure that let contributors work quickly
* Create buzz around your community to get more people involved
* Track the community's work so it can be optimized and simplified
* Explore a capable, representative governance strategy for your community
* Identify and manage conflict, including dealing with divisive personalities
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
"The Art of Community" tackles a very difficult question in the Open Source world: how do you build a strong community around your project? Jono addresses this by using anecdotal evidence of good community organization, and discussing the facets that apply to community development. Jono's varied experiences are shown through anecdotes about the Ubuntu community and other communities he has participated in. The stories he shares are concise and clear, but demonstrate their points effectively and thoughtfully. Jono's writing skills are first-rate, with strong points made clearly. He builds the community idea from grassroots to the enterprise and shows how community participation can help -- and harm -- at each step along the way. It's obvious that Jono knows what he's talking about, and he communicates it well. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the dynamics of a community or any project leader looking to build from the ground up.