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

Schedule: Leadership sessions

The importance of leadership and management can not be overestimated in businesses, both big and small. Incorporating these skills into an already technically diversified skill set creates the powerful professionals we need in open source and computing. Leaders that understand technology and entrepreneurship have a strategic advantage in an ever-crowded marketplace. How do you infuse your startup with the culture so that it blooms into an enterprise business before the cash runs out? How do you create a team of professionals that grow with the company? How do you communicate and execute your vision?

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9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Location: Ballroom E
Level: Non-technical
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 8 ratings)
Simon Wardley offers an introduction to situational awareness within business, explaining why it matters and why most companies lack it. Read more.
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11:00am11:40am Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Intermediate
Nithya Ruff (Comcast), Rupa Dachere (CodeChix)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
A vibrant project attracts, grows, and values all contributions, and this is especially important for welcoming first-timers like women and members of other underrepresented groups to FOSS. Nithya Ruff and Rupa Dachere explain how to create on-ramps for first-time contributors, how to retain the contributors you have, and how to develop contributors for the future. Read more.
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11:50am12:30pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Non-technical
VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
What happens when the people who helped shape the open source movement we enjoy today decide to retire? VM Brasseur explains why we must take the time to do succession planning for free and open source leadership while we still have these founders in our midst. Read more.
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1:45pm2:25pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Non-technical
Seth Falcon (Chef)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Seth Falcon explores his journey from an individual contributor (IC) working across the code base to leading a scaling project, growing a team to launch a new product, and ending up VP of engineering. Along the way, Seth shares lessons learned that can help ICs and managers be more effective—including details of becoming a manager and a manager of managers. Read more.
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2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Intermediate
David Smith (DigitalOcean)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
In both open source and commercial endeavors, teams are increasingly built from people distributed across the world. So how does one take a far-flung group of people and turn them into an efficient development team? David Smith examines the characteristics of good teams and shares strategies for building and managing them. Read more.
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4:15pm4:55pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Non-technical
Sam Erskine (MVP and Author), Steve Buchanan (Concurrency)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
Whether you are a CIO, IT director, or manager, as a leader of a highly talented technical team, you must motivate members of the team and the team as a whole. But how? Sam Erskine and Steve Buchanan share five key ways you can motivate technical employees, giving you a tool belt and an action plan that can be used in your organization right away. Read more.
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5:05pm5:45pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Non-technical
Neha Batra (Pivotal Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.89, 9 ratings)
From the moment you create your Twitter bio, write your first blog post, or share your first Facebook article, you are building your brand. It can be daunting, but if you proactively manage your brand, you can get ahead of the curve and put the content you care about in front of the public eye. Neha Batra explains how to create a strategy that works for you and grow your brand from it. Read more.