The hand of a person is visible as they are pointing at a whiteboard. The board has "Product roadmap" written on it, with big circles that represent each fiscal quarter of the year. A line from each circle connects to goals or ambitions for the product, like "Launch" or "publish iOS app". The image is subtitled, "Three product roadmap examples." This post is about product roadmaps.

Three great examples of open source product roadmaps

Recently, I came across three product roadmaps from Proton, the company behind several open source, privacy-centered products. They did a great job with creating transparent product roadmaps. Here is what they did and excerpts from their roadmaps.

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Write yourself into obsolescence.

A brief meditation on why you should write yourself into obsolescence and also what kind of writing matters most when documenting yourself and your responsibilities.

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A hand is extended, wearing a pink rubber glove. The hand is holding an unlabeled spray bottle aimed towards an unseen area off of screen. A subtitle appears in the open space next to the spray bottle: "Scrub gently: On data scrubbing in a community survey."

Scrub gently: On data scrubbing in a community survey.

Should we be too quick to discard negative, harmful responses in a community survey? This short review considers a time when an Open Source community is evaluating its community with a survey. What did we decide to do in the end?

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CHAOSS D.E.I. Review: Midyear reflection

In February 2021, the CHAOSS Project initiated a review of its diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. This post summarizes the progress made by the review team in 2022 and looks ahead to Justin’s aspirations for 2023.

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XPOST: Spurring new Digital Public Goods

On 27 September 2022, I authored an article on unicef.org highlighting my work with the UNICEF Venture Fund in providing mentoring to startup companies pursuing compliance with the Digital Public Goods Standard. Discover the UNICEF Technical Assistance programs and the Venture Fund mentoring strategy in the last year.

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CrystalCraftMC forums sunset

On 6 February 2022, the CrystalCraftMC forums officially closed down. This announcement gives some history about the forums, why the decision was made to close the forums, and what happens next.

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4 metrics to measure sustainable open source investments.

“Sustainability” is almost a buzzword now. But how do you measure it in an open source ecosystem? This post shares four CHAOSS metrics to help shape the next year of open source data exploration in the UNICEF Open Source Mentorship program.

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On Free Software, Red Hat, and Iran

A story in which I visit the Fedora Council ticket tracker and advocate for Fedora contributors from Iran.

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2020/2021 in Open Source at UNICEF Innovation Fund

Open Source is a means to collaborate and solve common problems; during the COVID-19 pandemic, open data and tools proved useful in quickly tailoring and deploying life-saving services. How has the UNICEF Innovation Fund kept up with latest Open Source innovations? The UNICEF Innovation Fund invests exclusively in Open Source

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Committee risk: A governance challenge for Open Source

Community participation and engagement in corporate Open Source projects is valuable, yet difficult to foster. Many companies supporting popular Open Source projects develop diverse communities across different employers, nationalities, genders, educational backgrounds, and more. Increased diversity brings perspective about who finds a product useful. It also gives you the opportunity

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