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State of the Feather
Growth (Nov 2015 – Nov 2016)
• 10	new	project	committees	
• 175	committees	
• 	Managing	294	projects	
• 7	Retired
Incubator Growth (Nov 2015 – Nov 2016)
• 30	new	podlings	(59	active	)	
• 4	retired	
• 7	graduated
Not a language monoculture…
Not a topic monoculture…
Why is the ASF still growing?
• We	are	not	defined	by	a	temporary	alliance	of	business	leaders

• We	are	defined	by	the	pe...
Why is the ASF still growing?
• It	ultimately	boils	down	to	being	a	foundation	that	is	not	defined	by	
some	central	govern...
No backroom deals (there is no backroom)
• We	are	often	approached	with	a	proposal	that	goes	something	like	this:	
• We	wo...
No Leaders, we are all leaders
• She	who	does	the	work	leads	the	way	
• Anyone	with	a	legitimate	technical	or	community	co...
For the Public Good
• Apache	is	a	501(c)(3)	
• “a	public	charity”	(Wikipedia)	
• Most	foundations	are	501(c)(6)	organizati...
Apache leads the way
• The	Apache	Group	created	the	HTTPd	project	
• Tomcat	became	the	go	to	implementation	of	key	Java	st...
Recognizing Merit: 

Diversity in Contributions
• All	contributions	must	earn	merit	
• Because	a	healthy	community	brings	...
Invest Resources not Cash
• The	foundation	is	successful	because	it	is	defined	by	the	people	doing	
the	work	
• Not	by	the...
ASF is an enabler
• Innovation	through	collaboration	
• Building	of	communities	focusing	on	common	problems	
• Differentia...
apache.org/foundation/contributing.html
apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
Non-Cash Contributions
• We	need	you	and	your	team	
• Technical	Documentation	
• Marketing	
• Design	
• Testing	
• Infrast...
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  1. 1. State of the Feather
  2. 2. Growth (Nov 2015 – Nov 2016) • 10 new project committees • 175 committees • Managing 294 projects • 7 Retired
  3. 3. Incubator Growth (Nov 2015 – Nov 2016) • 30 new podlings (59 active ) • 4 retired • 7 graduated
  4. 4. Not a language monoculture…
  5. 5. Not a topic monoculture…
  6. 6. Why is the ASF still growing? • We are not defined by a temporary alliance of business leaders
 • We are defined by the people who do the work
  7. 7. Why is the ASF still growing? • It ultimately boils down to being a foundation that is not defined by some central governance • We are defined by the people who do the work, the people who • Define the code • Write the code • Test the code • Document the code • Evangelize the code • Use the code
  8. 8. No backroom deals (there is no backroom) • We are often approached with a proposal that goes something like this: • We would like to sponsor the Foundation • In return we would like you to make ____ happen • Often this is some loose consortium of partners • But that’s not how we work • Take it to the community • Technically superior to alternatives • More attractive to the broader community
  9. 9. No Leaders, we are all leaders • She who does the work leads the way • Anyone with a legitimate technical or community concern can force that concern to be addressed • We are consensus based, but we do not require unanimous consensus • If an objection gets reasonable traction in the community then it must be addressed • If no traction then let it drop
  10. 10. For the Public Good • Apache is a 501(c)(3) • “a public charity” (Wikipedia) • Most foundations are 501(c)(6) organization • “a business league” (Wikipedia)
  11. 11. Apache leads the way • The Apache Group created the HTTPd project • Tomcat became the go to implementation of key Java standards • Hadoop led the march into Big Data • Managing scale with Mesos and friends • Streaming analytics
  12. 12. Recognizing Merit: 
 Diversity in Contributions • All contributions must earn merit • Because a healthy community brings more contributions • It’s a virtuous circle
  13. 13. Invest Resources not Cash • The foundation is successful because it is defined by the people doing the work • Not by the people paying the money • If you want influence, if you want a project to improve then invest in people • We don’t want your money (fly away) • You want marketing – invest in marketing, we have a staff member ready to help coordinate • You want specific infrastructure – give us the people to manage it • You want better documentation – give us some technical authors
  14. 14. ASF is an enabler • Innovation through collaboration • Building of communities focusing on common problems • Differentiating in the marketplace • Collaborating in the ASF
  15. 15. apache.org/foundation/contributing.html
  16. 16. apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
  17. 17. Non-Cash Contributions • We need you and your team • Technical Documentation • Marketing • Design • Testing • Infrastructure • Consensus building/Mediation • Brand management • … if it helps the community we want it

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