How to establish an open source program office

In many companies, open source programs start informally with a group of diligent engineers and a few legal people. The ad-hoc group soon realizes it needs a more formal program to scale to address the litany of important issues and achieve specific business goals. With such an office in place, businesses can establish and execute on their open source strategies in clear terms, giving their leaders, developers, marketers, and other staff the tools they need to make open source a success within their operations. In this talk, I discussed:

  • Why to create an open source program office.
  • The role of the open source program office.
  • Open source programs at prominent technology companies.
  • How to establish an open source office.
  • Program structure and management roles.
  • Setting policy, processes and goals.
  • Measuring and monitoring success.

This talk was presented at InnoTech Austin 2018. Slides below –

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Lee Calcote

Lee Calcote
Lee Calcote is an innovative thought leader, passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, infrastructure and applications. Advanced and emerging technologies have been a consistent focus through Calcote’s tenure at SolarWinds, Seagate, Cisco and Pelco. An organizer of technology meetups and conferences, a writer, author, speaker, he is active in the tech community.

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