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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9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Location: Ballroom E
Level: Non-technical
Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum)
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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11:00am–11:40am Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Intermediate
Nithya Ruff (Comcast)
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 explains 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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11:50am–12:30pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Non-technical
VM Brasseur (Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
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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1:45pm–2:25pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Non-technical
Seth Falcon (Chef)
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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2:35pm–3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Intermediate
David Smith (DigitalOcean)
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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4:15pm–4:55pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Non-technical
Sam Erskine (Author and MVP), Steve Buchanan (Concurrency)
As a leader of a highly talented technical team, how do you motivate members of the team and the team as a whole? Regardless if you are a CIO, IT director, or manager, Sam Erskine and Steve Buchanan give you a tool belt for motivating your technical teams, showing you how to motivate your technical employees and be agile and sharing five key ways you as a leader can motivate technical employees. Read more.
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5:05pm–5:45pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 9C
Level: Non-technical
Neha Batra (Pivotal Labs)
From the moment you write 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.