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

VM Brasseur
Director, Open Source Strategy, Juniper Networks

Website | @vmbrasseur

VM (Vicky) Brasseur is the director of open source strategy at Juniper, where she leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source software. She spent most of her 20-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community. She’s the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects (published by the Pragmatic Programmers). Vicky’s a moderator and author for, an author for Linux Journal, the former vice president of the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free and open source, business, and technical management.


11:35am12:15pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Technical Leadership
Location: Grand Ballroom West
VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks), 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 (Juniper Networks)
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.