Build & maintain complex distributed systems
October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY
VM Brasseur

VM Brasseur
Open Source Consultant, @vmbrasseur

Website | @vmbrasseur

VM (aka Vicky) Brasseur spent most of her time in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free and open source software, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016) and is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. (Think of it as the missing manual on open source contributions and community participation.) She’s the vice president of the Open Source Initiative, a moderator and author for, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She frequently blogs about free and open source software, business, and technical management.


11:35am12:15pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Technical Leadership
Location: Grand Ballroom West
VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur), Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Are you managing distributed teams with very different stakeholders—perhaps even a mix of hobbyists and paid staff? It probably seemed easy at first, but the further you travel, the more unfamiliar the terrain appears. Luckily, this is not new ground. Many have gotten lost here before and found their way out again. VM Brasseur and Deb Nicholson share a map to productive, happy teams. Read more.
3:05pm3:50pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Location: Table A
Deb Nicholson (Software Freedom Conservancy), VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)
Deb and Vicky will answer all your questions about team composition, conflict resolution, communication strategies, goal and expectation setting, or anything else dealing with creating a healthy cross-functional team. Read more.