17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

The business of community

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks)
14:25–15:05 Monday, 17/10/2016
The business of open source: From project to product
Location: Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand the business reasons for supporting a community
  • Learn metrics for gauging community management success from the business's perspective
  • Explore the risks of community management

Description

While community management and developer relations are gaining acceptance, many companies still don’t know that these efforts can benefit not only the communities of the open source projects on which their business relies but also their productivity and profitability.

VM Brasseur looks at community from a business perspective and explores the effect community can have on an organization’s bottom line. Although there are communities everywhere, Vicky approaches the topic—communities, their members, and their contributors—from a free and open source perspective.

Topics include:

  • Business reasons for supporting a community
  • Metrics for gauging community management success from the business’s perspective
  • Getting started in community management
  • The risks of community management
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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM (Vicky) Brasseur is the director of open source strategy at Juniper, where she leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source software. She spent most of her 20-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community. She’s the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers. Vicky’s a moderator and author for Opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal, the former vice president of the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free and open source, business, and technical management.