Innovation Happens Elsewhere

1st Edition

Open Source as Business Strategy

Print ISBN: 9781493303755
eBook ISBN: 9780080534671
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 11th April 2005
Page Count: 424
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It's a plain fact: regardless of how smart, creative, and innovative your organization is, there are more smart, creative, and innovative people outside your organization than inside. Open source offers the possibility of bringing more innovation into your business by building a creative community that reaches beyond the barriers of the business. The key is developing a web-driven community where new types of collaboration and creativity can flourish. Since 1998 Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel have been helping groups at Sun Microsystems understand open source and advising them on how to build successful communities around open source projects. In this book the authors present lessons learned from their own experiences with open source, as well as those from other well-known projects such as Linux, Apache, and Mozilla.

Key Features

  • Winner of 2006 Jolt Productivity Award for General Books
    Describes how open source development works and offers persuasive reasons for using it to help achieve business goals.
    Shows how to use open source in day-to-day work, discusses the various licenses in use, and describes what makes for a successful project.
    * Written in an engaging style for executives, managers, and engineers that addresses the human and business issues involved in open source development as well as its history, philosophy, and future


Business executives who need to understand how open source strategies can help them achieve their business goals, managers who want to use open source to run a project, engineers who work on open source projects and need an idea of what is expected of them, and readers interested in better understanding open source—its history, philosophy, and future.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Chris Meyer, Monitor Group Preface Acknowledgements

1. Introduction Open Source: A Different Way Of Doing Business Innovation Happens Elsewhere Jumping In Understanding Open Source Communities Who This Book Is Intended For Who Else This Book Is Intended For
2. Innovation Happens Elsewhere Open Source Is A Commons Can The Commons Make A Difference? The Commons And Software Open Versus Closed Use Of The Commons: Creativity & Conversations Innovation Happens Elsewhere
3. What Is Open Source? Open Source In Brief Philosophical Tenets Of Open Source Open Source And Agile Methodologies Common Open Source Myths, Misconceptions & Questions Open Source And Community The Secret Of Why Open Source Works Variations On Open Source: Gated Communities And Internal Open Source Open Source: Why Do They Do It?
4. Why Consider Open Source? Business Reasons For Choosing To Open Source Your Code Creating Your Business Model And Following Through With It Measuring Success An Example: The Innovation Happens Elsewhere Strategy Business Reasons For Using Open Source Products
5. Licenses What The License Does What The License Does Not Do More On Copyright And A Quick Word On Patents The Licenses Dual Licensing Supplementing The License—Contributor Agreements Licenses For Documentation
6. How To Do Open Source Development


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"Innovation Happens Elsewhere is at least as important for those who have no interest in software as those who do, because in the details of the history and practice of the open source community lie clues to the institutional adaptations of the information economy; in the clauses of the various software licenses lie the case law that will come to define property in the information age. There are other books that have a great deal to say about this evolution, but none combines the personal experience and inside-out insight to be gained from the engagement of Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel in so many flesh-and-blood open source projects and the development of the structures that have supported them."—from the foreword by Chris Meyer, Monitor Group