March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Tuesday, March 6 • 5:10pm - 5:40pm
Purpose-Driven Contribution Decisions - Johan Linåker, Lund University & Nithya Ruff, Comcast

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As companies move beyond consumption, contributions are often done ad-hoc, and when control is introduced, compliance, defensive IP portfolios, and lack of knowledge of the potential value creation may risk blocking otherwise motivated contributions. Contributions should be made with the right purpose in the right places, connecting to the business incentives of a company. Based on research and experience, best practices for companies will be presented on how to decide if internally developed features and projects should be shared as open source, and when. The presentation will also cover related processes and governance for managing internal contribution requests and feature portfolios in the product planning process. These practices require the support and championing of executives, and a mindset among developers and managers to default to the question “can this be made open?”.

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Johan Linåker

Researcher, Lund University
Johan Linåker is a Ph.D. student at Lund University in Sweden. His research is focused on helping companies with their open source community engagements and creating customized contribution and community strategies. He maintains active research collaborations with companies such... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Senior Director, Open Source Office, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Senior Director for Comcast’s Open Source Practice. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Prior to this, she started and grew the Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She first... Read More →

Tuesday March 6, 2018 5:10pm - 5:40pm
Pavilion Theater