In part 1 and part 2 of the ‘[ ________ ] is the Best Policy’ series, we looked at how open source policies can quite often lead to the wrong type of behavior in an organization. As we saw, 41% of development professionals stated they are generally looking for the path of least resistance when it comes to compliance with policies — many of whom will put a non-trivial amount of effort into working such policies.
Over the past four years, Sonatype has surveyed open source development organizations and year after year, we find that developers have the best intentions. They strive to build good quality code, free of defects and flaws but when it comes to policies that enforce these standards, the manual review process is at odds with how developers really work. If you don’t believe me, here are just a few examples of how developers describe the challenge manual policies create.