Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

InnerSource 101

Cedric Williams (PayPal), Danese Cooper (PayPal), Silona Bonewald (PayPal)
9:00am12:30pm Monday, May 8, 2017
Adopt This Now
Location: Meeting Room 18 C/D
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Development managers, product owners, technical leads, and change agents

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A general familiarity with software engineering methods
  • An awareness of open source
  • Experience with older engineering culture challenges

What you'll learn

  • Understand why organizations create silos and discover how to turn those forces to your benefit
  • Learn strategies for encouraging change
  • Explore a plan to start implementing InnerSource at your organization


InnerSource applies the best lessons from open source to proprietary engineering and transforms the cultures that use it. 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, Cedric Williams, and Silona Bonewald examine the factors that keep software teams from collaborating effectively, explore the model of development used for Apache Software Foundation projects, and talk about ways to bridge the two approaches. Danese, Cedric, and Silona dig into examples from PayPal’s and other companies’ journeys to incorporate more open source development practices and discuss what worked and what didn’t. You’ll learn practical guidelines and business justifications for building InnerSource practices in your organization, as well as some anti-patterns to watch out for.

Materials will be made available in a booklet format.

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Cedric Williams


Cedric Williams is an InnerSource advocate for PayPal helping to grow the InnerSource Commons community. A technologist, pilot, coach, and advocate for individual freedoms, Cedric aspires to use narrative and technology to make communities powerful.

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Danese Cooper


Danese Cooper is head of open source software at PayPal and runs a successful consultancy to companies that want to pursue open source strategies. Clients have included the SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Numenta. Danese has a 25-year history in the software industry and has long been an advocate for transparent development methodologies. She has managed teams at Symantec and Apple and served as chief technical officer for the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun Microsystems, and senior director for open source strategies at Intel. She was previously chairperson of the Node.js Foundation and a board member of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, and the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation, where she has been a member since 2005. She has been known to knit through meetings.

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Silona Bonewald


Silona Bonewald is the director of InnerSource at Paypal. You can find out more about her at