Red Hat Releases the Open Decision Framework to Spur Transparent and Inclusive Leadership

Developed and tested within Red Hat, the Framework exemplifies Red Hat's commitment to using open source principles to get work done

Raleigh, N.C., (PresseBox) - Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the release of a community version of the Open Decision Framework, the company's collection of its own best practices for making decisions and leading projects. The framework can help decision-makers communicate transparently, seek out diverse perspectives, collaborate more effectively across distributed teams, and limit unanticipated impacts of business projects and decisions.

Red Hat's open culture – rooted in transparency, collaboration and meritocracy – was highlighted in The Open Organization, by Jim Whitehurst, the company's president and CEO. Red Hat created the Open Decision Framework to help sustain and scale its open culture as it grew. As interest in open source – both in technology and as the basis of open management and culture – has taken off, Red Hat has received a number of requests from outside organizations interested in learning how to apply open source principles within their own organizations. By making its Open Decision Framework available, Red Hat hopes to empower business leaders, decision-makers, and project managers to learn from the experiences of Red Hatters and contribute their own findings back to the community.

The Open Decision Framework illustrates how to take five open source principles--open exchange, participation, meritocracy, community, and "release early, release often”--and put them into practice throughout the process of making a decision or leading a project. The framework is flexible and offers practical steps designed to help teams collaborate with each other, identify and engage stakeholders, manage competing needs and priorities, communicate tradeoffs and business requirements, and improve decision-making.

The Open Decision Framework is available under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, and all files are available on GitHub.

Supporting Quotes
DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer, Red Hat
"When people read The Open Organization, they often ask us how we make open and inclusive decision-making work at Red Hat. We created the Open Decision Framework to articulate the lessons Red Hatters have learned by trial and error, based on our experiences working both at Red Hat and in open source communities. We're excited to launch this community version so that others can adapt it to fit their own organizations and projects, and share their improvements upstream."

Additional Resources
* Find the Open Decision Framework on GitHub (https://github.com/opensourceway/open-decision-framework)
* Read more about the Open Decision Framework on Opensource.com (https://opensource.com/open-organization/16/6/presenting-framework-meritocracy)
* Learn more about The Open Organization (https://www.redhat.com/en/explore/the-open-organization-book)

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