Governance and Management of the Archi® Project
The following describes the guiding principles used by the Archi® project:
Who runs and manages the Archi Project?
Who does the work?
Phil Beauvoir manages the Archi project and development. This includes the majority of coding, continuous integration management, build cycle, documentation, website, forum, support, and maintenance.
Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie is the Archi and ArchiMate evangelist. He is the lead on gathering user requirements, ArchiMate expertise, and Archi's feature set.
All work is unpaid and voluntary. There are no formal affiliations between any person and any organization or between any person and their employer that affect the development of the project.
Where can one download Archi?
Archi for Windows, Mac and Linux can be downloaded here.
Where is the source code?
The source code to Archi is maintained and developed on GitHub, the open source software development community:
How can contributions be made to the project?
Contributors are able to clone the Archi repository and submit Pull Requests (PRs). There is an open and active issues list to discuss problems and feature requests.
The source code licence for contributions has to be the MIT licence, and source code copyright can held by the contributor if required. There is no requirement for a Contributor License Agreement.
Where is the Continuous Integration build?
At Travis, the hosted, distributed continuous integration service used to build and test software projects hosted on GitHub - https://travis-ci.org/archimatetool/archi
Who are the main committers?
Phil Beauvoir and Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie are currently the designated committers.
How is Archi licensed?
Archi is licensed under an MIT type license.
Who decides what features are added to Archi?
Dependent on governing factors:
Any valid feature proposal is considered. Phil Beauvoir is the technical design authority who, guided by users and Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie, makes the decision on whether a feature is valid and should be incorporated into the Archi product.
The development process is:
What is the process for feature development?
All changes to Archi are reviewed and have to be approved. The process revolves around the project presence at GitHub. Approval is subject to developer resources, and whether the feature is implementable and maintainable.
Bugs and feature requests are reported here:
If a feature is a user request, or it is a bug report, the code has to be implemented by Phil Beauvoir or Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie. This means the feature/bug may or may not be implemented depending on time, resources and developer inclination.
User Pull Requests (PR) can be made via the Git mechanism available on GitHub:
Non-trivial features and patches should be developed in a Git branch. PRs must be developed in a fork of the main code and in a branch.
If a PR is non-breaking, contains Unit Tests (where necessary), and is maintainable then it may be approved subject to the requirements above.
A short summary of the process for getting a PR or patch approved is as follows: