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F/OSS Co-op Workflow

  1. Developer X, who is a member of the co-op has approached a potential customer Z.
  2. Instead of offering a contract directly to Z, X asks the co-op manager C to carry on negotiations. It turns out that an additional expert for graphic design is required.
  3. X suggests G from a co-op member pool. X and G do their job for a reasonable price and C does the accounting and quality control, for which an appropriate overhead rate is calculated.
  4. If Z is absolutely unhappy with G‘s results, C would try to find another partner to do that job.
The benefits for the customer Z are: a) best quality will be achieved without having to deal with many different developers or designers. b) the co-op members do not have to deal with invoicing or contract details.