LAS16-200K2: Corporate Open Source Fail – Sarah Sharp

LAS16-200K2: Corporate Open Source Fail – Sarah Sharp Speakers: Sarah Sharp Date: September 27, 2016

★ Session Description ★ Title: Corporate Open Source Fail

What makes companies with good intentions fail so miserably at open source? How can we (as engineers and managers) influence our bosses to “do the right thing”?

“We’ll just make a new open source community.” “You can fix up that code later.” “It’s taking too long to get this upstream.”

Many companies have good intentions of being productive open source citizens. However, those good intentions often get thrown under the bus when product deadlines or legal issues loom. This talk will walk through a series of common corporate open source pitfalls and the executive and manager thinking behind those decisions. We’ll discuss ways engineers and managers can develop empathy for their corporate overlord’s needs, in order to influence their strategies around open source.


Sarah is the founder of Otter Tech, a consulting company offering open source training, software development, and diversity consulting.

Sarah Sharp is a Linux and open source developer, and has been running Debian-based Linux systems since 2003. She was a Linux kernel developer from 2006 to 2013, and is the original author of the Linux USB 3.0 xHCI host controller driver.Sarah is also a co-coordinator for Outreachy, a paid internship program for increasing diversity in open source programs. Applications are open to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people, and United States residents of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

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★ Event Details ★ Linaro Connect Las Vegas 2016 – #LAS16 September 26-30, 2016

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