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

InnerSource 101

Cedric Williams (PayPal), Danese Cooper (NearForm), Silona Bonewald (Hyperledger)
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 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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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.