July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Collaboration conference sessions

Making projects work requires communication, collaboration, and respect; we’ll look at the ways a new generation of tools and approaches can help you work.

9:00am–12:30pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Jono Bacon (Jono Bacon Consulting)
In this new workshop, Jono Bacon, leading community manager from Ubuntu and XPRIZE, author of _The Art of Community_, and founder of the Community Leadership Summit, will share key lessons for how to build a strong and empowered community, navigate internal teams, build buy-in and governance, manage conflict, and more. Come and get the behind-the-scenes recipe for building a strong community. Read more.
1:30pm–5:00pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Kara Sowles (Puppet), Francesca Krihely (MongoDB )
The open source world has a vibrant, never-ending calendar of community events. This session will cover best practices and pitfalls to avoid in planning and executing events for your technical community. Read more.
10:40am–11:20am Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Portland 255
Brandon Keepers (GitHub)
Sometimes, learning what not to do is the best path to success. This absurd, humorous, and completely serious talk will teach you everything you need to know to ensure that a healthy open source project meets its demise. Whether you are a user testing the open source waters, an experienced maintainer, or open source ate your hard drive, discover techniques to ruin your corner of the world. Read more.
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Cedric Williams (PayPal)
Maturing engineering organizations tend to coalesce into silos around products, technologies, and business units. InnerSource uses proven open source approaches for development inside the firewall, bypassing the constraints of silo architecture while increasing velocity and quality. This session will examine how InnerSource is growing at PayPal and what has been learned so far. Read more.
1:40pm–2:20pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Jay Goel (Rent the Runway)
We often say that interviews should be a two-way street, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Here we talk about specific techniques for humanely interviewing engineers, and why this is good for business. We'll also talk about tips for candidates that help move things along. Read more.
2:30pm–3:10pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Bruce Eckel (Mindview, LLC)
Based on six years of research and organization visits, I present the "Trust Organization Manifesto," a radically different and yet surprisingly well-tested set of guidelines for self-organizing a company where "work is joy." Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
John Sullivan (Free Software Foundation)
The FSF turns 30 this October. Don your freedom goggles and trip with its beardless executive director through 30 years of entertaining memorabilia and historical happenings (including "Who's this 'open source' kid and why's he on my lawn?"), then emerge, blinking, in the present. What are the challenges for user freedom in the next 30 years and how do we build a united movement to tackle them? Read more.
10:40am–11:20am Thursday, 07/23/2015
Van Lindberg (Python Software Foundation)
Developers know that participating in the open source community can be a win-win for both employers and employees. But how do you convince the legal department and executives? In this presentation we will share Rackspace's internal policy documents that allow all employees to participate in open source projects, and explain the details that convinced everyone to let us put it in place. Read more.
11:30am–12:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Portland 255
Stormy Peters (Red Hat), Avni Khatri (Kids on Computers)
Most nonprofit organizations depend on volunteers. And most volunteer organizations are asked how in the world they recruit and keep volunteers. While not every organization is the same, there are definitely some best practices that many open source software projects have discovered and evolved. Read more.
11:30am–12:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
David Kelnar (Vector)
If you believe in a world where we should have the right to run our own communications and own our data, then learn how “Vector” fills the void! Read more.
1:40pm–2:20pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Bryan Cantrill (Joyent)
While leading several high-profile open source projects, Joyent has also historically had significant proprietary systems. In November of last year, we open sourced these proprietary systems -- including our SmartDataCenter cloud orchestration system and our Manta scale-out storage system -- becoming an all open source company. Read more.
2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Portland 255
Chris Aniszczyk (Cloud Native Computing Foundation)
When companies start adopting open source, they face common challenges, like how do you contribute back or what do you even open source. Companies like Google, Intel, Facebook, and Twitter have chosen to establish open source offices to facilitate working with open source communities. In this session, learn lessons from Twitter on how to start your own open source office. Read more.
2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
E 143/144
Stephanie Wagner (Namely)
Code reviews are one of the best ways to improve code quality - however, they can be even more complex than writing the code itself. This talk will help you understand how to conduct effective code reviews and benefit from a strong peer review culture. Read more.
4:10pm–4:50pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Portland 252
John Goulah (Primary)
The Etsy organization has grown by a significant amount over the last five years. As a company grows, more thought must be put into the techniques that it uses to communicate and deal with failures. This talk will cover several techniques that have helped foster a Just Culture, one in which an effort is made to balance both safety and accountability. Read more.
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Peter Bell (Wheelhouse.io)
The pull request is both a feature and a philosophy--it takes a stand on openness, collaboration and culture. While most PR use cases are straightforward, other novel uses offer deeper learning opportunities. We’ll walk through different ways to deploy pull requests to model the values of open source, share understanding, learn from mistakes, and build a community of practice. Read more.
10:00am–10:40am Friday, 07/24/2015
Simon Phipps (Public Software CIC), Deborah Bryant (Red Hat)
The Open Source Initiative has changed from a licensing-focussed organisation to a force uniting open source projects, developers, and advocates worldwide. Hear how it happened, what's happening next, and why this is important to your career and business. Read more.
10:00am–10:40am Friday, 07/24/2015
Bradley Kuhn (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Kallithea is a self-hosted source code management system that exists thanks to a GPL violation and subsequent compliance action by the Software Freedom Conservancy. We'll show how a copyleft license violation and careful license vetting helped a software development community begin anew, and why licensing wonks and release engineers can make a huge impact on the health of a project's community. Read more.
11:10am–11:50am Friday, 07/24/2015
Portland 255
Tags: Devops
Mike McGarr (Netflix)
Engineering teams at Netflix can follow the latest industry trends and sometimes they even create them. No one single team is responsible for innovation: does this generate opportunity or waste or both? The Engineering Tools team helps to direct other teams’ experimentation toward new products, while preserving their own ability to innovate. Read more.