The Second Step: HOWTO encourage open source work at for-profits

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in Fremont


Even at pro-FLOSS businesses, logistical obstacles and incentive problems get in the way of giving back. I'll show you how to fix that.


You might not even realize what obstacles are blocking your colleagues from efficiently collaborating with FLOSS projects. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to take the next step in encouraging employees to contribute to FLOSS, with specific recommendations for fixing these issues.

I’ll introduce tools you can use, such as:

  • tuned employee performance criteria and appraisals
  • FLOSS-friendly project management strategies
  • sneaky-yet-sensible PR

I’ll mine my experience as lead project manager and personnel manager at Collabora for examples. And I want to hear your experience and suggestions, too — for example, can FLOSS leaders help with tactics like sensible copyright assignment policies?

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