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Introduction

A JBoss User Group (JBUG) is a group of people who share a common interest in JBoss software. They are organized and supported by the community and meet on a regular basis to discuss new technologies, development methodologies, interesting use cases, and other technical topics. The common goal is to provide education, help, and social events for the community and to promote open source.

If you would like to meet face-to-face with other members of the community then you can attend one of the JBUG meetings in your local area. Similarly if you have something that you would like to talk about then feel free to contact your local JBUG and ask to give a small presentation at the next meeting.

The main reasons that motivate people to create a user group is the possibility to meet with people who share common interests and passions and create a larger social network. Members may also find business opportunities and jobs because of their involvement with a group. Many vendors realise the importance of user groups and often give special offers and discounts for their products in exchange for the exposure they gain.

The following guide takes you through all the necessary steps to create a JBoss User Group, give the maximum exposure to the events you are organising and show you how to manage a group.

However, before you start you should first check the JBUG list to see if a group already exists in your area. If so then you should think about joining them unless you want your group to be different in some way. In this case you should be clear to document the differences to help potential members and speakers decide which one to choose.

If anything seems unclear feel free to contact us.