Contributors and Contributions: the right tool to have the right metrics

At Bitergia we work with contributions and contributors to get metrics about them. Both meanings seem clear, however, both of them can be a little ambiguous, so in this blog post we are going to see what is a contribution and a contributor in the most famous free culture communities to see that sometimes the right tool gives you the right insight that you need.

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King Arthur: Driving Quests on Software Project Data

King Arthur, or simply Arthur, is an open source tool designed to schedule Perceval executions at scale through distributed Redis queues. It also provides support to store the data obtained to an ElasticSearch database, thus giving the possibility to connect the results with analysis and/or visualizations tools, such as the Bitergia analytics dashboards.

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How to measure success in your InnerSource initiative

Nowadays, more and more companies such as PayPal, Bosch or Autodesk are internally implementing inner source programs. InnerSource differs from classic open source development process by remaining within the view and control of a single organization and offers many advantages in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.

In previous posts, we talked about InnerSource characteristics and advantages such as InnerSourcing: the development model of the future.

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Gender Diversity Studies and Talks Summary

When looking back nowadays to the work done on diversity, I’ve realized that it has been quite a trip! My first approach to the topic was in an informal meeting with Nithya Ruff, currently at Comcast. She mentioned that the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo reached (as far as I remember!) 13% of women attending the Summit. And this was a great number if compared to previous summits as the percentage kept growing. But she also mentioned that they received a tweet asking about the current number of technical contributions. Then this is where we decided to have a look at that issue: have numbers, and try to produce some of them from a quantitative point of view.

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5 reasons to have a Software Development Community Dashboard

Community managers spend their time in numerous community activities related with his/her main role: to get people to talk and contribute, react to the community managed, keep people engaged, etc. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) should be set for each community based on its goals. It’s part of the job to elaborate reports with multiple metrics on community health for example. But, measuring should be an effective task.

Keeping this in mind, I’d like to share with you 5 reasons about why community managers or any other professional related with software development should have a dashboard that provides all the data about the community or project that she/he manages:

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