When Open Source Goes Very Wrong: Cautionary Tales in Web Development

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Presented by Dr. Shallon Elizabeth Brown

April 4, 2020

Let’s face it. Not every web project is successful and can cost companies over hundreds of thousands to millions in lost revenue, misallocated funds, and high employee turnover. More than 31% of all web projects that are started are canceled before they make it to launch and companies are estimated to invest between $50 to $150 billion per year on failed web projects. So how can you salvage a failing project and how do you prevent your organization from investing poorly? Dr. Shallon Elizabeth Brown, a 20 year veteran of the software industry and the first to ever write a published academic research dissertation focused on Drupal explores what causes open-source projects to fail, how to spot the signs, how to avoid major setbacks, and how to ensure your product aligns with your organizations intended digital strategy goals.

About Dr. Brown
Dr. Shallon Elizabeth Brown has been in software engineering for over 20 years and specifically worked in Drupal since 2007 on Drupal Core 5. She recently completed her Doctorate in Information Systems Engineering, where she graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA as the first African American woman in the world to publish a manuscript on open source technology. Her manuscript was titled “Motivations in Open Source: A Quantitative Study on Drupal in Academia” which was the first doctoral manuscript in the world to ever be published on Drupal at the time of publication. She was chosen as the Keynote Speaker for Baltimore’s 2017 Drupalcon Higher Education Summit where she got to present the findings of her work. She has developed hundreds of Drupal websites for major organizations, such as Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine Cardiovascular Research, the IRS, Columbia University, the Centers or Medicare and Medicaid, Fluke, and Expedia. As an API integration and build migration specialist, She has a passion for mentorship in engineering and loves working with other developers to expand into new toolsets for web development. She has most recently begun working to obtain AWS cloud certifications as well as developing more full-stack PHP applications with Laravel, React Native and Django. In addition, Dr. Brown’s doctoral specialization is Adult IT Education where she specifically wrote about pedagogy in Information Technology and theories on how adults process and respond to web applications.

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