Open Sourcing Your Legacy Project: A Game of Adventure, Danger and Low Cunning

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B301

Excerpt

You are an employee of COMPANY. COMPANY is investigating open sourcing PROJECT. You will explore some of the most obscure and frustrating territory as you lead this effort. Hardened leads have run screaming from the terrors of this undertaking!

Description

You are standing in an open cube west of the VP of Product Development. There is an email inbox here.

> open inbox
Opening the inbox reveals a new message.

> open message
Message is open.

> read message
WELCOME TO THE PROJECT

You are an employee of COMPANY. COMPANY is investigating open sourcing PROJECT. You will explore some of the most obscure and frustrating territory as you lead this effort. Hardened leads have run screaming from the terrors of this undertaking!

In PROJECT the intrepid explorer delves into the little known corners of a labryrinth deep in the bowels of COMPANY politics and OPEN SOURCE best practices, searching for vast rewards guarded by fearsome trolls and professional pitfalls!

> go west
Life is peaceful there.

> go west
In the open air…

Should you propose open sourcing your company’s project? What sort of questions should you ask (and answer) before making such a proposal? Are you prepared in case a hollow voice says, “Fool?” How do you avoid offending management and being eaten by a grue?

This session will be part presentation, part guided discussion. Come prepared to participate in a conversation about which t’s to cross and i’s to dot when considering whether and how to open source an existing project at your company or organization.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    VM Brasseur

    Internet Archive

    Biography

    VM’s introduction to Open Source was watching a college boyfriend fill countless 3.5" floppy discs with a new operating system he was downloading from Usenet over his shiny new 14.4K baud modem. “It’s, ya know, like UNIX. But, ya know, free.” Somehow this made a deep impression. VM started paying attention and recognized that openness is a Good Thing™. Since then openness of all sorts has been a feature of her life, often in small but meaningful ways.

    VM has been a system analyst, an erstwhile DBA, a programmer and the director of a software engineering department. Now she’s pleased and honored to be Product Manager at Internet Archive.

    When not working VM makes things, dotes on her spoiled cats Nigel and Percy, organizes GeekiTiki (website pending) and obsesses about Doctor Who.

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