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Improving Innersource: Leveraging more than transparency, symmetry, and inclusion


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Gil Yehuda and Ashley Wolf highlight the essential elements of the open source development model that organizations need to adopt in order to succeed with InnerSource. Along the way, they detail some of the significant barriers and enablers and specific organizational practices within organizations that either help or hinder InnerSource success.

Ashley Wolf is the principal technical program manager for the open source program office at Oath, a division of Verizon composed of Yahoo, AOL, and many other beloved internet brands. Ashley has experience in developer relations, customer engagement, and engineering community management.

Gil Yehuda runs the open source program at Oath, a division of Verizon composed of Yahoo, AOL, and many other beloved internet brands. Gil has been a strong and vocal advocate for open source for many years and is a member of the TODO group. Previously, he was an analyst at Forrester Research focused on workplace collaboration.

Presentation at OSCON, InnerSource Day 2018

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Improving Innersource: Leveraging more than transparency, symmetry, and inclusion

  1. 1. Improving InnerSource Leveraging more than transparency, symmetry, and inclusion July 2018
  2. 2. Open Source at Oath Ashley Wolf Technical Program Manager @meta_ashley Gil YehudaThe Boss @gyehuda
  3. 3. Today, we plan to... Distill open source practices into essential values Highlight challenges when applying those values to InnerSource Inspire you with some stories
  4. 4. The code behind open source Transparency You can see my code and process Symmetry If I can do it, you can do it Non-exclusivity Anyone can participate
  5. 5. What makes open source successful? Participation is voluntary and opportunistic. Anyone can leave the project and fork the code base to form a competitive project. Success requires cooperation. Anything hinting of authoritarianism can cripple an open source project.
  6. 6. This sounds nothing like corporate life! Voluntary participation Anyone can fork the code and compete Resist corporate authority Let’s make participation voluntary If they don’t like our code, they can make a better version and compete with us. Feels good to resist corporate authority
  7. 7. The code behind corporate source High Speed I’m on a deadline Low Risk Don’t overspend High Control Someone is responsible
  8. 8. InnerSource can’t only be Open Source inside the firewall.
  9. 9. / A Story of Love and Risk
  10. 10. CC BY 2.0 (License) A Story of TransparencyA Story of Transparency and Speed
  11. 11. A Story of Control and Dependency
  12. 12. My project delivered faster thanks to InnerSourcing We had less risk since we coordinated on code and leveraged open source. InnerSourcing means more control
  13. 13. Open source values are unnatural to the corporate environment. Start with a focus on speed, risk, and control then add the open source values to succeed with InnerSource.
  14. 14. Thank You