Open Source Engagement for Business

DevOps Days Boise 2018

I’m honored and excited to be speaking about Open Source Engagement at DevOpsDays Boise on June 6th, 2018. See full agenda (PDF.) I’m incredibly passionate about open source, creating successful teams, and helping people.  This talk focuses on some of the lessons I’ve learned through experience.

Keystones for successful open source projects

Keystones for successful open source projects include motivated contributors, a collective belief in the goals of the project, and a governance and support model that empowers contributors new and old.

We’ve seen the success of this model in projects like Kubernetes. Kubernetes is one of the largest open source projects with 37k+ stars on GitHub. It’s grown in popularity as some of the largest organizations adopt and thousands contribute to it.

But what impact do open source concepts have on a business?

My talk at DevOpsDays Boise

In my session at DevOpsDays Boise, I will share research into what motivates individuals to perform their jobs well. Once we understand what motivates individuals, we will explore how an organization’s behavior from the “top-down” impacts motivation across teams.

We will compare and contrast examples of organizational models that use this information to their advantage and those that disregard what we’ve learned in open source communities. 

I think these concepts apply to anyone that who is building a team and needs to connect management with the rest of the organization. If you create a culture where everyone has common ground, you will create amazing things and grow together.

Engagement and healthy business practices

An excellent way to understand the difference in a healthy organization is to evaluate a dishwasher on a Naval ship. If you ask that person what their job is they would likely respond with “I clean the dishes so that my crew can be well fed because they need to be at their best to win the war. Without my contribution, we would all fail”. Conversely, if you ask a disgruntled dishwasher the same question, you may get a colorful answer that ultimately focuses on performing a job for a paycheck.

I’ve spent the past five years on an incredible journey working to solve these issues. There have been instances of greatness and of failure in our decisions as we’ve grown from one type of company to the next. We’ve transitioned from hobbyists to designers and implementers, into a successful hosting and tooling company. None of it has been pain-free, but being in a healthy business with diverse teams of people that respect each other, the organization, and the work they are focused on is transformative.

At DDEV, our goal is to help you be the best at what you do. I will walk through specific tools and workflows that we use on a daily basis to bring our organization together and thrive. This session will share what we have learned along the way.

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