OSS Projects Market Readiness Assessment
Cédric Thomas (OW2)
As it becomes increasingly mainstream, OSS reaches out to conventional decision makers who are far from free software advocates. These business managers expect more than code, they expect a product. The challenge is to align open source projects with the experience and expectations that conventional decision makers have developed in dealing with proprietary software vendors. To address this challenge we, at OW2, have endeavored to develop an Open Source Market Readiness Index. In a nutshell, leveraging the experience gained through the OW2 quality program we adapt the paradigm set by the NASA's Technology Readiness Levels to the business world of open source. At OW2 we are convinced this tool must be collaboratively designed, built and maintained by those who will use it, the open source market participants and, in the first place, the leaders and the users of open source projects. We are not entirely sure how to organize it but we know this must be a transparent and open process. After a quick introduction to the concept and the methodology this talk is essentially a request for comments and an invitation to work together with the perspective to present a workable Market Readiness Scale at next summer's conference.