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©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Is this Open Source Project
Healthy or Lifeless?
All Things Open October 2020
Dr. Dawn M...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 2
whoami
• Geek, traveler, reader

• 20+ yr tech career focused on
community & open sour...
©2020 VMware, Inc.
Agenda
@geekygirldawn 3
Project Health and Risk
Ownership and Risk
Governance
Final Thoughts and Resour...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Project Health and Risk
🩺 🚨
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Active, engaged,
helpful, and welcoming
5
Community
Kubernetes CNCF CC BY 4.0
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Keeping up with
contributions
6
Responsiveness
Image by Joe Penniston CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 7
Measuring Time to First Response
Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 8
Measuring Keeping up with Contributions
Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Active contributors and
organizational diversity
9
Contributor Risk
Image by the CNCF CC...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 10
Measuring Contributor Risk - Healthy
Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 11
Measuring Contributor Risk - Mentoring Opportunity
Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS ...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 12
Measuring Organizational Diversity
Data generated by Bitergia and GrimoireLabs, a CHA...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Regular releases and
security updates
13
Security
Image by darwin Bell CC BY-NC 2.0
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 14
Measuring Release Frequency
Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Code of conduct, events,
leadership, and community
15
Diversity and Inclusion
Photo by D...
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Ownership and Risk
🤔
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Lower risk:
participate as equals
17
Neutral Foundations
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Higher risk:
single company in control
18
Company-Originated
Photo by Jan Fidler - CC BY...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Ongoing commitment to
collaborate with others
19
Contributing to Neutral Foundations
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Governance and Risk
🧐
Materials from the CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG, Governance WG
pr...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Processes for how people
collaborate and make decisions
21
Governance is about People
Ph...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Licensing, code of conduct,
contribution, and
communication process
22
Minimum Documenta...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Opportunities and
responsibilities for
leaders
23
Leadership
Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC ...
©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn
Make informed and deliberate
decisions about how much risk you
can accept and plan to
mo...
@geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc.
Linux Foundation’s TODO Group
https://todogroup.org/guides/
CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG...
@geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc.
Dr. Dawn M. Foster
fosterd@vmware.com
fastwonderblog.com
Open Source at VMware
blogs.vmwa...
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Is this Open Source Project Healthy or Lifeless?

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Most of us bet large parts of our business on open source technologies, but how do we decide which projects will continue to be healthy and viable? While there are no sure bets, there are ways we can evaluate these projects to understand our risks and decide which projects are likely to be successful.

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Is this Open Source Project Healthy or Lifeless?

  1. 1. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Is this Open Source Project Healthy or Lifeless? All Things Open October 2020 Dr. Dawn M. Foster (pronouns: she / her) Director of OSS Community Strategy fosterd@vmware.com fastwonderblog.com Open Source at VMware @vmwopensource blogs.vmware.com/opensource
  2. 2. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 2 whoami • Geek, traveler, reader • 20+ yr tech career focused on community & open source 
 (Intel, Puppet, Scale Factory, …) • PhD from the University of Greenwich focus on Linux kernel collaboration • OpenUK Board, CHAOSS Board and Maintainer, Bitergia Advisory Board • Kubernetes contributor & CNCF Contributor Strategy SIGPhotos by Mom, Josh Bancroft, Don Park
  3. 3. ©2020 VMware, Inc. Agenda @geekygirldawn 3 Project Health and Risk Ownership and Risk Governance Final Thoughts and Resources ✨
  4. 4. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Project Health and Risk 🩺 🚨
  5. 5. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Active, engaged, helpful, and welcoming 5 Community Kubernetes CNCF CC BY 4.0
  6. 6. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Keeping up with contributions 6 Responsiveness Image by Joe Penniston CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  7. 7. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 7 Measuring Time to First Response Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
  8. 8. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 8 Measuring Keeping up with Contributions Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
  9. 9. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Active contributors and organizational diversity 9 Contributor Risk Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 2.0
  10. 10. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 10 Measuring Contributor Risk - Healthy Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
  11. 11. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 11 Measuring Contributor Risk - Mentoring Opportunity Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
  12. 12. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 12 Measuring Organizational Diversity Data generated by Bitergia and GrimoireLabs, a CHAOSS project
  13. 13. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Regular releases and security updates 13 Security Image by darwin Bell CC BY-NC 2.0
  14. 14. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 14 Measuring Release Frequency Data generated by Augur, a CHAOSS project
  15. 15. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Code of conduct, events, leadership, and community 15 Diversity and Inclusion Photo by David Jakes - CC BY 2.0 https://chaoss.community/metrics
  16. 16. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Ownership and Risk 🤔
  17. 17. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Lower risk: participate as equals 17 Neutral Foundations
  18. 18. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Higher risk: single company in control 18 Company-Originated Photo by Jan Fidler - CC BY 2.0
  19. 19. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Ongoing commitment to collaborate with others 19 Contributing to Neutral Foundations
  20. 20. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Governance and Risk 🧐 Materials from the CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG, Governance WG provided some of the content for this section
  21. 21. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Processes for how people collaborate and make decisions 21 Governance is about People Photo by Allen and Allen - CC BY 2.0
  22. 22. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Licensing, code of conduct, contribution, and communication process 22 Minimum Documentation Photo by Jenni C - CC BY 2.0
  23. 23. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Opportunities and responsibilities for leaders 23 Leadership Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 2.0https://github.com/cncf/sig-contributor-strategy/tree/master/governance
  24. 24. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Make informed and deliberate decisions about how much risk you can accept and plan to monitor / mitigate those risks 24 Final Thoughts on Risk Photo by Mohanraj Sivanandam - CC BY 2.0
  25. 25. @geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc. Linux Foundation’s TODO Group https://todogroup.org/guides/ CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG https://github.com/cncf/sig- contributor-strategy CHAOSS https://chaoss.community/ 25 Resources Photo by Abhi Sharma - CC BY 2.0
  26. 26. @geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc. Dr. Dawn M. Foster fosterd@vmware.com fastwonderblog.com Open Source at VMware blogs.vmware.com/opensource @vmwopensource 26 Thank You!

Most of us bet large parts of our business on open source technologies, but how do we decide which projects will continue to be healthy and viable? While there are no sure bets, there are ways we can evaluate these projects to understand our risks and decide which projects are likely to be successful.

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