The Second Step: HOWTO encourage open source work at for-profits*
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?
She was most recently Senior Technical Writer at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she worked in the Engineering Community Team (formerly TLDR). She has worked at Collabora, GNOME, QuestionCopyright.org, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, and Salon.com, and contributed to the MediaWiki, AltLaw, Empathy, Miro, and Zeitgeist open source projects. She was a blogger at GeekFeminism and a member of the board of directors of the Ada Initiative, and was editor and release organizer for GNOME Journal. Harihareswara has presented at Foo Camp, PyCon 2014, Open Source Bridge 2013, Open Source Bridge 2012, Open Source Bridge 2011, Open Source Bridge 2010, several Wikimanias, and MindCamp Seattle 2008, and keynoted PICC. She has led or organized several Wikimedia hackathons, taught several courses at UC Berkeley, and performed at Bay Area stand-up comedy venues. She holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University and participated in the Recurse Center in 2013 and 2014, and lives in New York City.
If you want to keep up with her, you can check out Cogito, Ergo Sumana for blogging or @brainwane for microblogging.
- Title: The Second Step: HOWTO encourage open source work at for-profits
- Track: Business
- Room: Fremont
- Time: 3:45 – 4:30pm
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.
- Speakers: Sumana Harihareswara