Posted by: Anonymous
on November 03, 2007 05:23 PM
I wonder if there are practical, management-related issues that lead some developer groups toward a more closed approach. I can imagine that a tight-knit (and relatively unchanging) group is more in keeping with the standard approaches to management we are accustomed to from our workplaces and schools.
I'm in agreement with the author that more openness is good, but in an effort to be understanding, perhaps we should be asking the leaders why they feel compelled to run their projects the way they do. Maybe there are unappealing management challenges presented by the relatively new, open paradigm. Hopefully other developers could help them overcome these challenges.