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Open Waters Ep 12: Project Managing an Open Source Project

by Mark Casias
April 8, 2020

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In this episode, we welcome a new host, Christine Bryan. And as a sort of initiation, we interview her about project managing an open source project.

About Christine

Christine has been working in marketing and technology for over fifteen years. She’s worked in government, non-profit, and for-profit industries. Her first Drupal project was on, the state website for Massachusetts, and since then she’s worked with clients including universities, manufacturing, and financial services. In her spare time she parents a pretty awesome one year old kiddo, plays video games, and likes to walk around the world at Epcot.


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Let’s talk about Jira.


  1. Tell us about yourself and your role as a project manager (PM) at Mediacurrent.
  2. How did you get started in Project Management?
  3. What are some qualities you need to be an effective PMs?
  4. Are there specific challenges an Open Source project presents from a PM point of view?
  5. When we asked you what you wanted to talk about on your first time out on the podcast, why did you choose Jira?
  6. As a PM, do you interact with Marketers of the project you are managing?  How do marketers get involved with your projects?
  7. What could potentially make a project fail if not managed properly? And how would you avoid failure?
  8. A project, although managed by a PM, depends on the execution of many people (devs, stakeholders, etc.), what do you think others can do to increase the chances of success?
  9. How do you define success when managing a project?

Meet team member, Markie Casias

Mark brings a fifteen year programming background and six years of Drupal experience to his role as Senior Drupal Developer at Mediacurrent. Highly involved in his local web community, Mark runs the ABQ Webgeeks Group and started the Albuquerque Drupal Users group.

A former radio personality, Mark switched careers to become a programmer when he realized he could have a fun job and eat. (No seriously, kids, radio pays horribly). But as a nod to his days as in radio, Mark hosts the bi-weekly Mediacurrent Dropcast show and the Friday 5 video seriesPrior to Mediacurrent, Mark first dove into Drupal to convert to a better CMS than it had. Through that he was sent to Do It With Drupal in New Orleans, where he met the great people of the community. From that point, he was hooked. 

Mark resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When not in front of the computer, he enjoys playing hockey, tennis, and a good craft beer- not necessarily in that order.


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