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Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation

The unbridled success of Kubernetes can be attributed in part to being in the CNCF. Putting Kubernetes under a neutral foundation provided a level playing field where each of us could contribute, collaborate, and innovate as equals to create a widely adopted solution that we can all use.

Open source projects that are controlled by a single company are at a greater risk of changes that are not aligned with community interests, whereas projects that are under neutral foundations have a lower risk both for end users and software vendors.

The audience will get practical advice about creating a fair and neutral governance structure and processes for your open source project along with tips for how to determine whether a foundation is neutral.

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Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation

  1. 1. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation Open Source Lisbon November 2020 Dr. Dawn M. Foster Director of OSS Community Strategy Open Source at VMware @vmwopensource
  2. 2. @geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc. Project Ownership: Foundations and Companies Governance is About the People • Diversity & Inclusion • Leadership Final Thoughts Resources 2 Agenda Photo by Marco Verch - CC BY 2.0
  3. 3. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn 3 whoami • Geek, traveler, reader • 20+ yr tech career focused on community & open source 
 (Intel, Puppet, Scale Factory, …) • OpenUK Board, CHAOSS Board and Maintainer, Bitergia Advisory Board • Kubernetes contributor & CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG • PhD from the University of Greenwich focus on Linux kernel collaborationPhotos by Mom, Josh Bancroft, Don Park
  4. 4. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Project Ownership Photo by K-nekoTR - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  5. 5. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Leadership, trademarks, and projects 5 Determining Neutrality for Foundations? Image by Andreas Komodromos CC BY-NC 2.0
  6. 6. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Lower risk: participate as equals 6 Neutral Foundations
  7. 7. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Higher risk: single company in control 7 Company Originated Photo by Jan Fidler - CC BY 2.0
  8. 8. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Give up control for increased collaboration 8 Contributing to Foundations
  9. 9. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 2.0 Governance Materials from the CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG, Governance WG provided some of the content for this section Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 2.0
  10. 10. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Processes for how people collaborate and make decisions 10 Governance is about People Photo by Allen and Allen - CC BY 2.0
  11. 11. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Licensing, code of conduct, contribution, and communication process 11 Minimum Documentation Photo by Jenni C - CC BY 2.0
  12. 12. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Process for reporting and responding to security issues 12 Security Image by darwin Bell CC BY-NC 2.0
  13. 13. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Opportunity and responsibility 13 Leadership Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 2.0
  14. 14. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Code of conduct, leadership, and community 14 Diversity and Inclusion Photo by David Jakes - CC BY 2.0
  15. 15. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Never “done” can always be improved 15 Governance Evolves Image by Cristine CC BY-NC 2.0
  16. 16. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Setting expectations reduces uncertainty and makes people feel welcome 16 Final Thoughts on Governance Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 2.0
  17. 17. @geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc. 17 Resources Linux Foundation’s TODO Group CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG The Open Source Way Guidebook Photo by Vicente - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  18. 18. @geekygirldawn©2020 VMware, Inc. Dr. Dawn M. Foster Open Source at VMware @vmwopensource 18 Thank You! Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0