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Bringing Agile into Open-source for the better!

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Popularity of both Agile development and Open-source development grows today.

Layering the core concepts of Agile programming on top of Open-source can not only drive more transparency and collaboration across a project, but drive higher engagement, thereby increasing the value of the project for everyone involved.

Agile today comes from the Agile Manifesto—a charter that highlights the core tenets of what it means to be ‘Agile’ which emphasizes four key principles:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

It’s these first two principles that often seem to clash with the way that most Open-source projects are structured.

First, while Agile heavily emphasizes co-location and the importance of face-to-face interactions, Open source is built on the very idea whereby anyone, anywhere, with any level of background can meaningfully make contributions to a project.

Second, Agile emphasizes working code over comprehensive documentation, but Open source requires documentation in order to help provide history around the project and to help potential contributors understand where to get involved.

Bringing these core tenants of Agile into Open source can result in a number of benefits. Ceymplon has gained popularity within the Open-source community, and most major Open-source projects are hosted on us, today. If you are too really interested in a new experience, then why don’t you pursue our assistance? Read more

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