InnerSource is the application of open source methods to company internal software. It’s an effective strategy for running shared internal projects and also for developing the people, organizational skills, and muscle for wide and deep involvement in open source. While simple to define, InnerSource can be difficult to explain and implement successfully on a broad corporate scale. Many participating engineers lack a background in open source and the ideas and mechanics of open code development. Even those with that background face a new set of constraints and motivations when trying to work openly within an enterprise.
Russell Rutledge, Silona Bonewald, Danese Cooper, and Georg Grütter examine how the InnerSource Learning Path can help. It gives a simple, easy-to-understand introduction to InnerSource, and its video segments and written articles introduce key terms, concepts, and principles for effective InnerSourcing, along with explanations and real-world examples. Advanced segments deep dive into explanations of the specific roles of InnerSource and how to fill them effectively. The learning path brings newcomers up to speed and provides those with experience a common vocabulary and resource to use when discussing InnerSource.
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Silona Bonewald is vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, where she’s responsible for facilitating the creation of the community metapatterns and processes that a global organization like Hyperledger requires. Silona has been involved in open source communities for over 14 years and has helped four companies transition from proprietary to open source. Most recently, she led the InnerSource efforts at PayPal, helping bottleneck teams remove years of backlog and promote collaboration across BUs. She continues to work on the creation of the InnerSource community with a strong focus on business integrations. She hopes to bring that knowledge into her work at Hyperledger.
Danese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.
Georg Grütter is a social coding evangelist and developer advocate at Bosch Software Innovations. He cofounded and led the first InnerSource community at Bosch. Georg is a passionate software developer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, he held various positions and roles at Bosch, Line Information, the Zurich System House, and DaimlerChrysler. Georg has created two open source projects, XHSI and stashNotifier. He’s an avid recumbent cyclist and mountain biker who also loves photography and chocolate.
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