Project administration

About project administration

As a Project owner with one or more projects hosted on this site, your administrative tasks are organized around the same project pages viewed by other project members or registered users. You access these same project pages as any project member or registered user; however, your page view may include additional administrative links and options. A link to Edit this project appears on the Project home page, enabling you to edit your project home page and appearance throughout the site.

If your project's approval is pending, you still have access to most features and tools to help you get established and set up. Because the hosted tools for projects are automatically configured upon project creation, you may:

While still in a pending approval status you cannot perform the following tasks:

Project management and leadership guidelines

This section covers this site's administrative functions available to you as a Project owner. How you use this functionality to structure and lead your project toward achieving particular goals remains largely in your purview. Whenever possible, these help documents suggest the implications of administrative options with respect to project leadership and management.

The type of project you are conducting will strongly influence the method in which you manage projects. If your project is an endeavor with commercial licensing, project governance may be largely determined by external factors, for example: corporate strategy, fiscal priorities, organizational structure, and established methods. While many collaborative practices can be successfully adopted within this framework, final decision making authority rests with the license holder and influences the schedule and project goals to a high degree.

If your project is under open source licensing, the development culture is intrinsically different and far more self determinant. The Project owner -- equipped with some knowledge and understanding of open source practices -- is responsible for establishing and communicating the project's parameters up front. As the project progresses, the project owner will need to nurture project participants toward an increasing sense of community and ownership.

A third possibility is a combination of the above, that is, you are leading an open source project with the involvement and support of a corporate entity embracing open source to achieve certain business goals. In these circumstances, as the project owner you essentially function as the liaison between two cultures.

Whichever scenario applies, answering the questions below will help you to communicate the fundamental purpose and structure of the project to members and potential participants.

To learn more about managing collaborative development in commercial development, see the following "The Customer as Co-Developer", by Christopher Locke in InformationWeek (PDF).

To learn more about leading open source development efforts see "Open-Source Software Development", by Davor Cubranic, University of British Columbia.