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

Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund University
Johan is a postdoctoral researcher focusing on how the public sector can create platforms with open data and software on which ecosystems of actors can innovate through cross-sector collaborations. In his Ph.D., he focused specifically on helping companies make contributions and engage... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →

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