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Monday, June 29 • 12:55pm - 1:20pm
Growing Participation in Your Company’s OSS Projects - Dawn Foster, VMware

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Encouraging other people to participate in your company’s open source project is not an easy task, and there is no one size fits all solution. However, there are some things that you can do to increase your chances of success.

This talk contains 3 parts, and here are a few examples of what will be covered in each section:
1) Openness and Transparency: Use public channels for all project communications, and include decision-making processes and leadership in your governance documents. Be honest with yourselves and the community about governance and contributions.
2) Growth: Remove barriers to contribution and consider how legal decisions will impact participation. Be proactive, but leave space for outside contributors.
3) Corporate Factors: Provide training for engineers and product managers in how to work and plan features in the open. Recruit customers and partners as contributors.

The audience will walk away with practical advice about encouraging outside participation in corporate open source projects.

A short (20 min) version of this talk was presented at FOSDEM in Brussels, so this will be a significantly expanded version with double the amount of content.

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Dawn Foster

Director of Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy at VMware within the Open Source Program Office. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about... Read More →

Monday June 29, 2020 12:55pm - 1:20pm CDT
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