Last week we got a meeting in my JUG and we discussed many ideas about how to enhance the JUG - including several tools we need. The most motivated members suggested the creation of OpenSource projects to improve our site features and another group also suggested a formal commitee for managing those projects.
Few months ago we started two very similar projects in my daylight job. Both projects were WebStart applications based on simple business rules with a lot data validation and a fancy GUI requirement - almost all Swing components were used to produce the visual aspect our client had requested. Those projects shared the same life-cycle, under the same management model but with different teams.