Collaboration Part One

Why a Collaborative Free Change Management Methodology Is Better:  
Part One – CONTRIBUTORS and Adopters

X4MIS® is an innovator in the global Change Management Methodology market, primarily in that it is FREE to use “Open Source”.

Adoption will ultimately depend on people and organisations using it however, its real value and continued growth will come from people contributing to the methodology, supporting documents and processes.

The greater the collaboration and contribution to the X4MIS Change Management Methodology, the greater its value to people and organisations using it.

Why Collaborate

In these types of open source projects, a few collaborators are inspired by a hatred of fee raking tactics of the global change methodology providers, a minority are driven by altruistic motives, while some see their involvement as a path to career growth – by showing off their skills in the open source community they enhance their future employment or promotion opportunities.  Others are motivated by respect and acknowledgement of their peers.

For the majority of us the motivation is the satisfaction of doing good work we enjoy and are passionate about.  This combined with the sense of achievement from helping organisations resolve problems and provide solutions to their business initiatives.

Through the efforts of our collaborators X4MIS will continue to grow, through the accumulation of knowledge, mutual criticism, support, imitation and a little thievery, to create a valuable Change Management Methodology with practical change management tools and processes.

What is open source?

Open source gives away intellectual property so other people can freely use it.  It is also an invitation to participate and collaborate in creating something special.  Open source ownership of a project becomes powerful when it enables mass collaborative and innovation.  For that to be possible many ideas have to be combined; contributors have to meet or virtually connect with one another.

This is not a new idea, X4MIS revives, the idea “that sharing with likeminded contributors can be a more effective base for productivity and delivery as compared to the traditional corporate ownership model” *1.

Additionally, with open source (traditionally thought of as software), everyone can use and anyone can improve ideas and information in a way which under the right conditions can encourage mass collaborative innovation.  Likewise, bugs in a software programme often become apparent only when the programme is tested in many different settings. Better 1,000 people making different tests at the same time, than a single person making 1,000 tests one after the other.

1* Fred Moore – one of the founders of the Homebrew Computer Club, a computer hobbyist group established 1975 recognised for developing one of the first successful collaborative projects.



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