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Open Source Product Development: from research to release

Later this month I will be speaking at the OSCAL 2019 conference about Open Source product development. Here’s the abstract:

In 1974 Fred Brooks argued that an app requires nine times extra work to take it from merely being functional, to being a usable product. This challenge is as real now as it was then. What is this extra work, and can you do it using pure Open Source?


At phpList we manage both hosted and downloadable products, from conception to release, using Open Source tools. That includes usability, acceptance, and A/B testing, project management, and more. In this talk Sam will provide a high-level overview of powerul Open Source systems for managing modern software products, including a specific workflow which uses them.


Whether you are creating a web app on a budget, or wanting to make an Open Source project the best that it can be, gain insight into how Open Source can support and empower your workflow.

The slides from this presentation are embedded below.

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