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Thursday, June 20 • 2:30pm - 2:55pm
PRO TALK: Open Source Governance at Massive Scale

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It is one thing to put a project up on GitHub and call it "Open Source." It is quite another to commit to growing and governing a project developed and maintained by contributors across the world. Both technical and community skills must be practiced simultaneously - a project cannot be successful with only one or the other. Open Source governance is hard enough with one or two projects. Now imagine trying to consistently and fairly govern a sprawl of 1200+ (and growing!) Open Source projects with complex technical and human interdependencies. Automation certainly helps with testing and releases, but it's also critical to maintain the personal touch that ensures both higher quality software and makes working in Open Source so rewarding. Come to this talk to hear a tale of a medium-sized startup experiencing the pain of Open Source sprawl and how they mitigated that pain by developing consistent governance so that their Open Source community not only survived but is thriving.

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Nell Shamrell-Harrington

Principal Software Development Engineer, Chef Software
Nell Shamrell-Harrington is a principal software development engineer - community engineering lead and member of the Habitat core team at Chef. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Operation Code, a non-profit dedicated to teaching military and veteran’s software... Read More →

Thursday June 20, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
Workshop Stage 1