Diversity, When Not Playing Life on Easy – Nick Burch
Diversity and inclusion are becoming hot topics within our open source communities and industry, but for those of us “playing life on easy”, the subject and impact can be harder to “get”.
Like many people who used to play life on easy, I’ve had some blind spots around diversity and inclusion. I only discovered these through working on projects, communities and support at the ASF, and by moving to a new country!
Now it is my mission to help others see the light, learn for themselves, and through that build better open source communities. I’ll be sharing what I learnt, giving resources, and specific takeaway actions.
Good code isn’t enough for a successful open source project. First of all, only you know how to use what you’ve made. Maybe it’s time for a little UI and UX help? At the very least some documentation! Next, how is anyone else going to find what you’ve created? And that’s only the beginning. Ruth Suehle, manager of Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards community leadership team, will take you through examples of the best and the worst, from projects large and small, to help you see what you need beyond your code to build a successful open source project and community.
Will the Apache Maturity Model Save Your Project? – Bertrand Delacretaz
The Apache Project Maturity Model ( http://s.apache.org/maturity-model ) was written to help explain how Apache projects work, in a modular way that allows it to be adopted partially by projects who operate outside of Apache. Will that model help save your fledgling project, or is that just a set of boring rules? Describing the reasoning behind the model’s items, with concrete examples from successful Apache projects, will help us find out and apply the model to our own projects in a helpful way.
I Will Not Attend Your Meeting, I’m an Open Source Person – Bertrand Delacretaz
Meetings are very costly for people who work on a Maker’s Schedule (as defined by Paul Graham, https://s.apache.org/ms), like software developers. Yet in many corporate environments meetings are the default way of addressing issues.
Due to their asynchronous and distributed modes of of operation, Open Source projects have over the years designed and refined an efficient way of collaborating without requiring face-to-face meetings.
Can we transpose this to corporate environments, to reduce the cost and aggravation of boring and unproductive meetings?
We think the answer is yes, if we can reproduce the constant flow of information and asynchronous decision making mechanisms of Open Source. This talk will show you how to implement these changes, based on Bertrand’s successful experience in corporate environments.
Is it a panel? Is it a talk? It is a Podling Shark Tank! Back by popular demand with even sharkier judges! What is it, you ask? Well, this is just like Shark Tank TV show (think speed dating between entrepreneurs and investors) but instead of ÛÏSquirrel BossÛ and ÛÏMan CandleÛ you’ll be hearing pitches for Apache Incubator projects. Also instead of Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary you’ll be pitching to the panel of ASF grey beards (trying to convince them that your project is worthy of their esteemed attention and endorsement). There will be snark, there will be prizes, there will be reciting of Apache Way creed. But most of all there will be fun. We guaranteed that!
Commercial Reasons Your Colleagues Should be Community First – Gregory Chase
The Apache Way prescribes ÛÏCommunity over CodeÛ, asking participants to think community-first. This may seem to run counter to commercial interests of for-profit companies. Yet, many contributors in ASF participate because its part of their job.
WouldnÛªt it be nice if the rest of your company also saw the commercial benefit of thinking community-first in their work?
This session dispels the myth that open source community action needs to be separate from commercial development and sales. WeÛªll discuss how to help your coworkers increase the impact of their daily work, meeting both the needs of growing the business and the community. They can do this with very little overhead, and enhance the impact of collective work for the benefit of users and customers. We’ll discuss some theory, and explore what’s worked at my pervious companies, and what the future trends look like.
Inclusivity is major driver in long-term sustainability, a core tennant of the ASF culture. However, the ASF has traditionally has been lacking behind other organisations to improve on diversity and inclusion.
This talk will look at the status quo of diversity and inclusion at the ASF, where it is doing well, and where it can learn from other communities and organisations to improve.
Depending on the schedule, part of this talk could be a safe-space Q&A for discussing any questions the audience wouldnÛªt dare to ask in other circumstances.