Session: OSPO 3.0: The evolution of the open source program office

With open source playing a larger role in so many companies, a number of them have created Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) that are often part of a company-wide digital transformation. As enterprises continue to evolve and mature beyond simply “”how do we use open source software””, the OSPO is also evolving to meet new challenges. In this talk, Nureen D’Souza, Open Source Program leader at Capital One, and John Mark Walker, OSPO head at Fannie Mae, will discuss how these adaptations are leading us to OSPO 3.0, which fully incorporates a people, process, and technology worldview.

OSPO 1.0 started when companies created engineering departments that focused on readiness and enablement of open source projects for usage in products. OSPO 2.0 featured the addition of community marketing and outreach to reach the goals of a company’s open source platforms and increase the growth of open source adoption globally. But new times present new challenges. We no longer need to evangelize open source collaboration globally – it has clearly won. What we need now is security, sustainability, and training engineers in collaborative best practices. Because while open source development has won around the world, bringing that success internally remains a challenge.

OSPO 3.0: Fostering a Culture of Collaboration

By now, all companies have at least made attempts to implement devops and agile methodologies, with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately, the implementation left unresolved key issues around shared governance, siloed operations, bureaucratic politics, and other impediments to culture change. This is where the OSPO can shine a light and point the way to higher value collaboration: the best run open source communities already know how to optimize collaboration, and implementing open source principles can be the missing ingredient for a higher functioning organization.

Implementing OSPO 3.0 can transform your dysfunctional fiefdoms into an open source-first organization with sustainable innovation and happier employees.

  • Learn about the 3×3 model, applying the people-process-technology lens across 3 core functions of an open source-first organization
  • Integrating open source software into a development workflow
  • Streamlining upstream contribution, building symbiotic relationships with key communities
  • Bridging gaps in the technology landscape through deeper community involvement
  • Learn how to view your open source lifecycle holistically
  • Learn how to empower your employees to become agents of collaboration
  • Learn how innersource is often a missing ingredient in your collaboration plans, and how your OSPO can improve your community practices