success factors for oss projects

the hibernate project has a list of things they consider crucial for their success. a good checklist for others to aspire to.

  • rapid release schedule
  • regression tests
  • do one thing well
  • avoid over-design
  • a central vision
  • documentation
  • avoid standardsism
  • up and running in ten minutes or less!
  • developer responsiveness
  • easily update-able wiki pages…..