Running Open Technology Development Projects

John Scott, Dr. David A. Wheeler, Mark Lucas, and J.C. Herz | SoftwareTechNews | March 15, 2011

Step 1: Determine reuse options

First, search for existing OSS projects that have relevant functionality.  A simple web search of the string “open source software” plus a desired capability will often turn up something close to what you need.  Also review OSS repositories sites such as,,, and Even if there is nothing available to use directly, there might be piece-parts that can be integrated or useful ideas.