Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

The InnerSource Learning Path

Russell Rutledge (Nike), Silona Bonewald (Hyperledger), Danese Cooper (NearForm), Georg Grütter (Bosch Software Innovations GmbH)
4:10pm4:40pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019
InnerSource Day
Location: E143/144
Average rating: *****
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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.

Join in to review the content of the learning path and discover how to access it yourself and share it with others.

Topics include:

  • A short introduction to InnerSource
  • An explanation of the problems that InnerSource can solve
  • An overview of the mechanics and roles of InnerSource
  • A review of the key benefits of InnerSource
  • A deeper look at the key roles of InnerSource (product owner, trusted committer, and contributor)
  • A summary of concepts and links to the online learning path resources
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Russell Rutledge


Russ Rutledge is the director of InnerSource and community at Nike. This startup within the company guides the process and tools to encourage and foster cross-team and community interaction and development. Russ’s drive and passion is to enable all software engineers to achieve incredible technical and business throughput via quality tooling and streamlined work process. Previously, he ran another successful startup delivering JavaScript continuous delivery solutions to hundreds of projects throughout Nike. Russ began his career with feature and infrastructure development on the Outlook and OneDrive consumer websites at Microsoft.

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Silona Bonewald


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.

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Danese Cooper


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.

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Georg Grütter

Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

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.