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Open Source Collaboration and Companies:
Finding the Right Balance
Dawn M. Foster
Open Source Software Strategy Lead at Pi...
@geekygirldawn
Whoami
! Geek, traveler, reader
! 20+ year tech career focused on
community & open source 

(Intel, Puppet ...
Collaboration in OSS Projects:
individuals, companies, and
communities
@geekygirldawn
Individuals
Contributions
Leadership
!4
@geekygirldawn
Companies
Employees Contribute
Recruiting
Resources
!5
Image by The Linux Foundation CC BY
@geekygirldawn
Communities
Community = People
Small World
!6
Contribution Strategy
and Plans
@geekygirldawn
Contribution Strategy and Plans
Align with business goals
Execs understand importance
Employees see their i...
@geekygirldawn
Which Open Source Projects?
Already Use
Existing Contributions
Image by Colleen Simon for Opensource.com CC...
@geekygirldawn
Resources Required
Grow vs. Hire
Funding for Membership
!10
@geekygirldawn
Resources Required
Guidelines / Processes
OSS Program Office
Image by Nick Youngston, Alpha Stock Images CC...
@geekygirldawn
Measure Success
Criteria for Success
Data Required (CHAOSS)
!12
Good Corporate Citizen
@geekygirldawn
Getting Started
Join
Read the Docs
Lurk & Understand
Start Small
Image by Filip Maljković CC BY-SA
!14
@geekygirldawn
Learn from Feedback
Avoid Getting Defensive
May Need to Iterate
!15
@geekygirldawn
Work with the Community
Discuss Changes
Early and Often
Lack of Control
Image by The Linux Foundation CC BY...
@geekygirldawn
Relationships
Attend Events
Get to Know People
Image by The Linux Foundation CC BY
!17
@geekygirldawn
Upstream your Patches
Reduces Your Overhead
Benefits the Community
Right Thing to Do
!18
@geekygirldawn
Maintenance Expectations
Small Contributions vs.
Large Contributions
!19
@geekygirldawn
Open Sourcing Your Software
No Dumping
Maintenance
Community
Image by C. Watts CC BY
!20
@geekygirldawn
Resources /
References
Learn more about
open source
collaboration and
related topics.
Linux Foundation TODO...
Dawn M. Foster
dafoster@pivotal.io @geekygirldawn fastwonderblog.com
Thank You and Questions
Transforming How The World Builds Software
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Collaboration within open source projects is becoming increasingly important for companies, but it can be difficult to strike the right balance between the needs of the company and the open source project. This can create friction and put significant pressure on employees who participate on behalf of their company when the needs of the individual, the company, and the community are not aligned. This talk will focus on ways to create this alignment between individuals, companies, and the community to help all of us be successful together.

The talk covers:
* Dynamics of collaboration in open source projects between individuals, companies, and communities.
* Strategies for participating in ways that will benefit your company, your employees, and the community.
* Tips for being a good corporate citizen as you contribute to open source projects.

This presentation is primarily for open source program offices, but community managers and other OSS contributors would also benefit.

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Open Source Collaboration and Companies: Finding the Right Balance

  1. 1. Open Source Collaboration and Companies: Finding the Right Balance Dawn M. Foster Open Source Software Strategy Lead at Pivotal LF Open Source Summit, August 2019 dafoster@pivotal.io @geekygirldawn fastwonderblog.com
  2. 2. @geekygirldawn Whoami ! Geek, traveler, reader ! 20+ year tech career focused on community & open source 
 (Intel, Puppet Labs, Scale Factory, etc.) ! PhD from the University of Greenwich concentrating on Linux kernel collaboration ! Kubernetes contributor ! CHAOSS Governing Board / Maintainer !2 Photos by Josh Bancroft, Don Park
  3. 3. Collaboration in OSS Projects: individuals, companies, and communities
  4. 4. @geekygirldawn Individuals Contributions Leadership !4
  5. 5. @geekygirldawn Companies Employees Contribute Recruiting Resources !5 Image by The Linux Foundation CC BY
  6. 6. @geekygirldawn Communities Community = People Small World !6
  7. 7. Contribution Strategy and Plans
  8. 8. @geekygirldawn Contribution Strategy and Plans Align with business goals Execs understand importance Employees see their impact Image by Nick Youngston, Alpha Stock Images CC BY-SA !8
  9. 9. @geekygirldawn Which Open Source Projects? Already Use Existing Contributions Image by Colleen Simon for Opensource.com CC BY-SA !9
  10. 10. @geekygirldawn Resources Required Grow vs. Hire Funding for Membership !10
  11. 11. @geekygirldawn Resources Required Guidelines / Processes OSS Program Office Image by Nick Youngston, Alpha Stock Images CC BY-SA !11
  12. 12. @geekygirldawn Measure Success Criteria for Success Data Required (CHAOSS) !12
  13. 13. Good Corporate Citizen
  14. 14. @geekygirldawn Getting Started Join Read the Docs Lurk & Understand Start Small Image by Filip Maljković CC BY-SA !14
  15. 15. @geekygirldawn Learn from Feedback Avoid Getting Defensive May Need to Iterate !15
  16. 16. @geekygirldawn Work with the Community Discuss Changes Early and Often Lack of Control Image by The Linux Foundation CC BY !16
  17. 17. @geekygirldawn Relationships Attend Events Get to Know People Image by The Linux Foundation CC BY !17
  18. 18. @geekygirldawn Upstream your Patches Reduces Your Overhead Benefits the Community Right Thing to Do !18
  19. 19. @geekygirldawn Maintenance Expectations Small Contributions vs. Large Contributions !19
  20. 20. @geekygirldawn Open Sourcing Your Software No Dumping Maintenance Community Image by C. Watts CC BY !20
  21. 21. @geekygirldawn Resources / References Learn more about open source collaboration and related topics. Linux Foundation TODO Group ! https://www.linuxfoundation.org/ resources/open-source-guides/ GitHub ! https://opensource.guide/ Red Hat’s Opensource.com ! https://opensource.com/ resources !21
  22. 22. Dawn M. Foster dafoster@pivotal.io @geekygirldawn fastwonderblog.com Thank You and Questions
  23. 23. Transforming How The World Builds Software

Collaboration within open source projects is becoming increasingly important for companies, but it can be difficult to strike the right balance between the needs of the company and the open source project. This can create friction and put significant pressure on employees who participate on behalf of their company when the needs of the individual, the company, and the community are not aligned. This talk will focus on ways to create this alignment between individuals, companies, and the community to help all of us be successful together. The talk covers: * Dynamics of collaboration in open source projects between individuals, companies, and communities. * Strategies for participating in ways that will benefit your company, your employees, and the community. * Tips for being a good corporate citizen as you contribute to open source projects. This presentation is primarily for open source program offices, but community managers and other OSS contributors would also benefit.

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