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

Schedule: Leadership sessions

10:50–11:30 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Windsor Suite
Marc Burgauer (Lloyds Banking Group)
In order to make an Open Source project successful, we often need the help of others. By sharing the problem in public, we find other people who have the same problem. They have the same need and are looking too for ideas how to satisfy that need. Creating a Community of Practice is often key to finding solutions that also benefit people who lack the skills to solve the problem on their own. Read more.
11:40–12:20 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Windsor Suite Level: Non-technical
Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
The FOSS community is full of passionate people with many, many differing ideas on how to achieve our shared goals. Disagreements seem inevitable, but what if they could be handled rationally, in a way that left everyone feeling at least OK about the outcome? Deb Nicholson covers strategies for handling conflict and offers tips on how to scale your conflict resolution skills like a boss. Read more.
13:35–14:15 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Windsor Suite Level: Intermediate
Holden Karau (Google)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Apache Spark is one of the most popular tools for big data and with 400+ open pull requests as of this writing, very active in terms of development as well. With such a large volume of contributions, it can be hard to know how to begin contributing yourself. Holden Karau offers advice on finding good issues, formatting code, finding reviewers, and what to expect in the code review process. Read more.
14:25–15:05 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Windsor Suite Level: Intermediate
Robert Lefkowitz (Warby Parker)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
The Schumpeterian sensibility of our age is that incumbents get disrupted. So when one asserts that open source has won, the logical follow-up questions are: What will disrupt the incumbent? What comes next? Robert Lefkowitz explains why the answer is the democratization of software. Read more.
16:05–16:45 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Windsor Suite Level: Intermediate
Steve George (Independent Consultant)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Achieving competitive advantage is a key driver for companies' involvement in open source. Drawing on experiences from product development at Canonical, Steve George examines the role of innovation and open source for creating and capturing business value and explores the barriers, benefits, and lessons learned. Read more.
16:55–17:35 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Location: Windsor Suite
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
We live in a competitive world. That competition forces change. It has always forced change. Change is normal. The question is not whether our organisations will change, that’s a given, but can we see this change before it hits us, do we know where we’re heading or are we simply floating aimlessly being carried by a river? It certainly feels that way sometimes. Read more.