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Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation

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. With advantages that include community building, innovation, and wider adoption, we should consider contributing more of our open source projects to neutral foundations.

This talk will cover:
* Challenges of giving up control and why it might be worth it.
* Selecting a foundation and how to determine neutrality.
* Creating a fair and neutral governance structure and processes for your project.
* Tips for contributing and maintaining your project.

The audience will get practical advice about whether they should contribute their projects to neutral foundations along with how and when to do it.

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Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation

  1. 1. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Collaborative Leadership: Governance Beyond Company Affiliation FOSS Backstage February 2021 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 Resources Final Thoughts 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, TODO Group Steering • Kubernetes contributor & CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG • PhD from the University of Greenwich focus on Linux kernel collaboration Photos 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, Equity, 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 kuhnmi CC BY 2.0
  16. 16. @geekygirldawn ©2020 VMware, Inc. 16 Resources Linux Foundation’s TODO Group CNCF Contributor Strategy SIG The Open Source Way Guidebook Photo by Vicente - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
  17. 17. ©2020 VMware, Inc. @geekygirldawn Setting expectations reduces uncertainty and makes people feel welcome 17 Final Thoughts on Governance Image by the CNCF CC BY-NC 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