Every community manager knows that community metrics are important, but how do you come up with a plan and figure out what you want to measure? Most community managers have their own set of hacky scripts for extracting data from various sources after they decide what metrics to track. There is no standardized Community Software Dashboard you can use to generate near-real-time stats on your community growth.
Like most open source projects, we have diverse community infrastructure for MeeGo, including Mailman, Drupal, Mediawiki, IRC, git, OpenSuse Build Service, Transifex and vBulletin. We wanted to unify these sources together, extract meaningful statistics from the data we had available to us, and present it to the user in a way that made it easy to see if the community was developing nicely or not.
Building on the work of Pentaho, Talend, MLStats, gitdm and a host of others, we built a generic and open source community dashboard for the MeeGo project, and integrated it into the website. The project was run in the open at on the MeeGo wiki and all products of the project are available for reuse.
This presentation covered the various metrics we wanted to measure, how we extracted the data from a diverse set of services to do it, and more importantly, how you can do it too.
Co-founders will work closely with startups-in-residence, successful alumni, Wieden+Kennedy, thought leaders from some of the world’s most successful brands (Target, Coca-Cola, and Nike), and the mentor network. I know a lot of the people who have started companies working out of PIE over the past couple of years, the creative people at Wieden+Kennedy and most of the mentors. I can certainly vouch for it being an amazing group of people who can offer real, tangible advice and inspiration for these new companies joining PIE in September.
I am personally honored to be asked to join PIE as a mentor. One of my favorite things is working with smart people doing interesting and innovating things. It’s exciting and energizing to work with founders who are passionate about bringing their ideas and dreams to life in a new startup. I like to think that I can offer something useful by sharing what I’ve learned in my 16 year career that has included working at Intel and other large companies, startups and as an independent consultant. I also learned so much during my time as a co-founder of Shizzow.
If you have a startup and are looking for a way to kick it into high gear, I really do encourage you to apply before August 1.
Do you know what people are really doing in your open source project? The best thing about open source projects is that you have all of your community data in the public at your fingertips. You just need to know how to gather the data about your open source community so that you can hack it all together to get something interesting that you can really use. Having good community data and metrics for your open source project is a great way to understand what works and what needs improvement over time, and metrics can also be a nice way to highlight contributions from key project members. This session will focus on tips and techniques for collecting and analyzing metrics from tools commonly used by open source projects using examples from what I’ve learned doing MeeGo metrics.
A few topics:
General guidance for coming up with a set of metrics that makes sense for your project.
Tips and techniques for collecting metrics from tools commonly used by open source projects: Bugzilla, MediaWiki, Mailman, IRC and more.
General approaches and technical details about using various data collection tools, like mlstats.
Techniques for sharing this data with your community and highlighting contributions from key community members.
For anyone who loves playing with data as much as I do, metrics can be a fun way to see what your community members are really doing in your open source project. It’s like people watching, but with data.
We are less than a week away from a great topic for the next Portland MeeGo Meetup on June 20th at 6:30pm! Gail Frederick, mobile developer and MeeGo product planner at Intel will be talking about the evolution of the overall mobile ecosystem with some insights into how MeeGo fits into this broader ecosystem. RSVP on Plancast.
Topic: The Evolving Mobile Ecosystem and MeeGo
Description: The mobile ecosystem is evolving rapidly with many different operating systems, devices and applications offering choices for consumers and device manufacturers. In this presentation, Gail will offer her insights about how the mobile ecosystem is evolving and where it is going along with some insights into how MeeGo might fit into the broader mobile ecosystem over time.
Bio: Gail Rahn Frederick works at Intel as a product planner for MeeGo. In her own time, she is an author, occasional developer and evangelist for standards-based Mobile Web and mobile application development. Her mobile applications and mobile web sites have been deployed to 10+ mobile operators in North America and Europe.
6:30 – 7:00: Hang out and talk to other people interested in MeeGo.
7:00 – 8:00: The Evolving Mobile Ecosystem and MeeGo presented by Gail Frederick
Date: June 20.
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Kells Irish Pub at 112 SW 2nd Ave.
It would be great if you could RSVP on Plancast to let us know how many seats and snacks we should have available.
It is currently available as a paperback for $12.99 or an electronic PDF download $9.99 and will be available on Amazon.com in late June. As a special reward for those of you who have been following along with my progress, if you order before June 25, you can get a $2.00 discount on either the paperback or PDF format cookbook. Learn more about purchasing the cookbook by visiting the What Dawn Eats blog post.
As one of the organizers for the conference, I might be a little biased, but I had an absolutely fantastic time at the second MeeGo Conference held May 21 – 25 in San Francisco. Like with many conferences, it was the people who made it such a great experience for me. Interesting conversations with new and old friends combined with fun activities and sessions full of geeky material made for a fantastic experience. Despite getting almost no sleep thanks to some very late nights of werewolf and discussions in the hacker lounge, it was worth it!
Here are a few of my personal highlights
Siege Weapon Building with Live Action Angry Birds was a great community activity to help people get to know each other. We broke out into about 15 groups of 3 people each, and half of the teams built catapults for the birds and the other half built levels for the pigs. We then paired the catapults with the levels and let people launch the birds at the pigs with judging for best catapult, best level and an additional award for style. The video from Netbook News did a great job of capturing it all into a short, fun summary.
Hacker Lounge and Werewolf
I loved the hacker lounge this year, even more than the one in Dublin. By having the hacker lounge in the same location as the conference and the hotel, people were able to kick back and relax in a fun environment all hours of the day and night. It was a great place to have interesting conversations or play games with people late into the night. We had ping pong, foosball, air hockey, wii, and my favorite community building game, werewolf.
I hung out with old friends, made new ones, and had a great time in the hacker lounge. If I could change one thing about the hacker lounge, I would get rid of the air hockey and television, which were a little too noisy for the space.
Keynotes – enough has been said about the keynote, so I won’t elaborate here other than to say I agree with much of what others have said.
Better integration of the warm-up activities. Despite working very closely with the warm-up organizing team, these still felt too disconnected somehow, and people were extremely confused about attending the warm-up before registration was open and badges handed out.
Overall, I was really happy with the conference, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to hang out, chat, attend my sessions, play werewolf and much more. Thank you.