When starting a new open source project, apart from coding following are the things that need to be done. Docs README LICENSE How to install? How to use? Code of conduct guidelines Copyright Issue template like .github in repo. Developer docs How to install for developer? Developer docs Contribution guidelines Team meetings info Team communication channels Issue label guidelines Coding standards Code placement doc, or something that explains the way code is ordered Design document Development Makefile Unit tests Functional tests Coverage check CI for automatic tests Distro based package This is just few things that I could think of, please suggest if you know more in comments.