Open source thrives within and across organizations when best practices are readily discoverable, easily understood, and widely implemented. Equally important is the opportunity for strategy development, and ongoing management of open source to ensure continuity and optimization throughout the lifecycle of a project.
Across the Linux Foundation there are numerous projects and communities that have built ecosystems around these principles. In unique ways, they each improve the conditions that enable open source to thrive through improved management and best practices. They serve as a vital resource, so it’s important for people to find them in one place.
LF Management & Best Practices is the digital home where communities of “best practice” converge. Here, you’ll be able to find the standards, reference material, courses, live events and webinars, research, project communities, and the automation tools to help you start your project or organization's open source journey, and to keep it on track!
If you’re new to open source, or want to learn more about improving open source management and best practices at your organization or within your community, this is the place for you.
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- Open Source Management & Strategy
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- Fundamentals of Professional Open Source Management (LFC110) - FREE
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Hear from our community members
“LF Management and Best Practices helps participants in open source to gain clarity so that their efforts can advance with intent and proven practices.”- NITHYA RUFF, HEAD, AMAZON OPEN SOURCE PROGRAM OFFICE
“Good process management requires a holistic approach to execute against available options. LF Management and Best Practices provides a simple, clear way to do this in open source.”- SHANE COUGHLAN, GENERAL MANAGER, OPENCHAIN
“Although a traditionally conservative and low-contribution industry, the financial services sector has made great strides to become a leader in open source in the last 5 years. The FINOS Open Source Body of Knowledge (BoK) collects the experience of the largest financial institutions in the world who have enabled their developers to contribute upstream in full compliance. The free training built from the BoK constitutes a uniquely valuable resource for regulated institutions to fast track their engagement and reap the full ROI of open source.”- GABRIELE COLUMBRO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FINOS
“Operations Management Summit (OMS) is an event dedicated to solving the complexities of open source usage, compliance, and management. Identifying process-related open source projects and hosting insightful community discussions around them is rewarding.”- ANGELA BROWN, SVP AND GM OF EVENTS, LINUX FOUNDATION
“Research guides open source leaders toward making best practices a reality in their organizations. The reports featured on LF Management and Best Practices are particularly relevant.”- HILARY CARTER, SVP RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATIONS, LINUX FOUNDATION
“Accountability for open source software security is a shared, multi stakeholder effort. LF Management and Best Practices is an important gateway to level up accountability, directing visitors to initiatives including - and beyond - the OpenSSF.”- OMKHAR ARASARATNAM, GENERAL MANAGER, OPENSSF
“Whether your organization is launching or nurturing an open source project or program, the tried and tested best practices supported by the TODO Group ensures that your project can thrive every step of the way.”- CHRIS ANISZCZYK, CO-FOUNDER, TODO GROUP
“While IT professionals need to keep their tactical skills sharp, executive leaders must also commit to growing their IT knowledge. The courses on offer here provide the perfect jumping off point.”- CLYDE SEEPERSAD, SVP, GENERAL MANAGER, TRAINING & CERTIFICATION, LINUX FOUNDATION