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A couple of factual errors in your report:

1) DSpace and Fedora didn't merge into one project. They are still separate projects under the umbrella management of DuraSpace, which now also includes VIVO, another community source project. 
2) Community source projects don't by default use waterfall. In fact, two projects I have been on leadership for both used Agile: Fedora and Kuali OLE. 

The fact of the matter is that software development at any scale is hard to sustain, let alone at enterprise scale. And within the higher education sphere, resources - particularly cash - is becoming scarce. Community sourcing is as much risk-sharing methodology as it is project management methodology, so I think it is a bit inaccurate to lump the idea that Kuali's change in direction for sustainability means community source is dead. At least I don't see Kickstarter throwing in the towel on its focus on community source.  Because at the base level, isn't that similar to the description of Kuali members - most of them giving some amount of money into a project to seed it?  The difference is sustainability - and that isn't necessarily a project management issue or software design. Sometimes it's more about economics and/or the mistiming / mismatching of priorities of the community. 
As Phil noted in yesterday’s post, Kuali is moving to a for-profit model, and it looks like it is motivated more by sustainability pressures than by some grand affirmative vision for the organization. There has been a long-term debate in … Continue reading →
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+TimMcGeary Fair enough on DSpace and Fedora. I should have said that the two have merged foundations. On the second point, while am aware of community source projects that use Agile, the problem is that there is an impedance mismatch between project-level Agile methods and the waterfall-style portfolio management practices put into place by investor-level managers as part of their risk management effort. Individual projects within a Community Source porfolio may do sprints, retrospectives, and so on, but they are reporting to a parent structure that naturally tends toward milestones such as traditional software release deadlines because it enables them to be accountable for the money (and the risk). Community Source governance at the investor level has a strong bias toward waterfall, and any Agile techniques employed on the project level must produce results that conform with any waterfall top-down requirements that the investors demand. How heavy-handed this is in practice will vary from project to project depending on the individual investors and their needs. But portfolio management at this level generally is measured by features or milestones over a given scope of time and money. That is part of how risk is measured, managed, and shared. 

Community Source is not the same as Kickstarter at all. In the latter case, there is an entity that presents a fully developed idea, asks for cash, and then executes on the vision without being obliged to take further input from the investors. Just because you bring the gold doesn't mean that you make the rules. Community Source is more like the risk management of a time share on a condo. In order to make the investment pay off, you have to collaborate and compromise with the other investors. You can use other communal investment management mechanisms and still call them "community source," but they won't be community source as defined by the writings of the main proponents of the term and implemented by the projects for which the philosophy has become famous. I am confident that colleges will continue to share risk and resources on projects in a variety of ways. I am less confident that they're going to be eager to try time sharing again any time soon.
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Writing a one-pager on the #KualiOLE development cycle while listening to @ingridmichaelson. I wonder how many of the lyrics will make it into the paper...
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This is awesome. +1 for references to Dan Brown and Words with Friends.
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Giggled despite myself. +1 for Kimbo Slice reference.
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Catching up on 6 weeks of email takes a very long time... and is also quite embarrassing when I need to send a reply.
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A fantastic editorial on the legacy of Steve Jobs, and not just as a technology guru. Best line: "...good ideas know no rank."
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My wife's sister thinks my wife is a superhero, and shares why here. I certainly agree.
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This article has given me significant pause. I really am blissfully unaware of what effects my consumerism has globally. That makes me feel sad.
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I like the idea of G-Talk working with Google+, but it's clogged my list of people I chat with everyday. I created Circles for a reason.
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I spit up laughing when he said "Jesus is trending right now". LOL :-)
Louis C.K. has the rare ability to live his life without looking at his phone all day.
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The video is hilarious, and represents pretty accurately what the campaign seasons turn out to be.
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ha-ha, hilarious!
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A good article that, to me, supports why all religious organizations should just stay out of politics. In this case, Christians can't be consistent enough to hold credibility: http://masonslater.com/2011/09/30/bachmann-liberty-u-and-women-in-ministry/
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Thanks for the book recommendation, Justin.  I'll take a look at it.

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