Network World - Makers, Users and Buyers of Open Source Software

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More and more is being written about governance and license compliance and open source. The FUD of lawsuits continues unabated. Simon Phipps has an excellent post on trying to break out of the conversational frame that some use around compliance and governance.

One of the difficult problems is providing people a frame to understand which questions may be important for them to consider. In discussions several years ago, colleagues and I were trying to put together some form of open source maturity model so we could help clients understand where they were and what they needed to do next. We got caught wrestling with previous frames of reference like Golden’s OSMM and ideas like the Software Engineering Institute Capability Maturity Model. But it didn’t matter how we started the discussion, we rapidly realized there was no step that graduated to a next step. We all knew counter examples to any ordering we applied.

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