Everything open source
May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

Transitioning to InnerSource: Increase delivery velocity, enable smooth collaboration, and produce quality software

Danese Cooper (NearForm)
9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 05/17/2016
Location: Meeting Room 12 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 12 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have an understanding of software engineering methods, an awareness of open source, experience with older engineering culture challenges, and a willingness to consider change.


InnerSource applies the lessons learned from large-scale distributed open source projects to proprietary engineering. Benefits include increased delivery velocity, smoother collaboration between groups, higher-quality development, and documentation that appears without having to resort to threats of removing the soda machine.

Danese Cooper examines the factors that keep software teams from collaborating effectively, explores the model of development used for Apache Software Foundation projects, and talks about ways to bridge the two approaches. Danese digs into examples from PayPal’s and other companies’ journeys to incorporate more open source development practices and discusses at what worked and what did not. You’ll learn practical guidelines and business justifications for building InnerSource practices in your organization, as well as some antipatterns to watch out for.

Materials will be made available in a booklet format.

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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.