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

Open source contribution and collaboration: How (and why) Netflix drives industry engagement

Dianne Marsh (Netflix)
9:30am9:45am Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Location: Ballroom D
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Netflix has become well known for its contributions to open source, creating and contributing to over 50 active projects. But why the focused involvement in open source?

Dianne Marsh tells the story of Spinnaker—an effort that originated at Netflix and has become an industry collaboration between several companies, including Google, Microsoft, Pivotal, and Target—to demonstrate how open source contributes to Netflix’s success and vice versa. Diane shares how the cross-industry team building Spinnaker balances what’s right for each of their companies versus what may be right for the broader open source community, how important Spinnaker is to the success of the respective companies involved and why are they willing to delegate this responsibility rather than holding tight to it, and whether the needs of the bigger companies drown out the use cases of smaller companies.

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Dianne Marsh


Dianne Marsh is a director of engineering at Netflix, where she leads a team responsible for tools and systems used for continuous integration, delivery, and deployment to the AWS cloud by nearly all engineers in the company—which are often released as open source tools to the broad community. Dianne coauthored Atomic Scala with Bruce Eckel. She holds a master of science degree in computer science from Michigan Technological University.