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  • January 24, 2023

    Bringing local and global open source voices together in Netherlands

    Takeaways from the first OSPOlogyLive Share & Learn in 2023 OSPOlogyLive Netherlands was full of insightful discussions and contributions around open source strategy documentation guidelines, main blockers to open source adoption in the public sector, Open Source Program Office (OSPO) key metrics, minimum viable OSPO pattern definition, and InnerSource best practices to ease open source adoption. About OSPOlogyLive Share & Learn OSPOlogyLive Share & Learn is a collaborative space that brings together local and global open source specialists from different organizations and/or open source projects to discuss Open Source Program Offices (OSPO) best practices for open source strategy, policies management, governance, and more.

  • December 18, 2022

    A year in review: TODO & 2022

    This past year has been full of challenges and opportunities. TODO Group pursued its mission of helping Open Source Program Office adoption, education, and success within organizations across sectors and regions. The project launched many exciting new initiatives, refined existing ones, and received contributions from open source leaders and OSPO practitioners worldwide. In this post, the TODO Group would like to appreciate and highlight some of the achievements and contributions done in 2022 by its community.

  • November 8, 2022

    Meet the 2023 TODO Steering Committee

    TODO strategic goals and project governance is overseen by a Steering Committee elected on an annual basis. We are pleased to share that several individuals will be joining the TODO Steering Committee in 2023. Their addition will help to continue to TODO’s mission in Open Source Program Office’s knowledge-sharing and adoption worldwide. 👋 Welcome to New Steering Committee Members TODO woudld like to congratulate and welcome to the Steering Committee three new members.

  • September 12, 2022

    Announcing OSPO Survey 2022 Results

    The TODO Group is proud to announce the fifth annual Open Source Program Management Survey results that examines the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs, including the key benefits and barriers to adoption worldwide. We have open sourced all of our survey results, raw data and graphics in the dedicated repo: https://github.com/todogroup/survey/tree/master/2022. ⭐️ People can also download the report as PDF 🚀 Key Findings More Structured OSPOs Adoption of OSPOs or similar programs has risen to 50%, the highest level in 5 years.

  • August 4, 2022

    Top OSPO resources to explore during August

    At TODO we are taking a short break from our monthly community calls during August. The good news is that this might be a great chance to start learning something new from a community! These are some of the most popular resources powered by TODO, helpful sources of information to read through and maybe be inspired by open source leaders involved in OSPOs. 1️⃣ OSPOlogy, the study of OSPOs Recorded videos that share real OSPO Stories and topics that matter.

  • June 16, 2022

    A New Framework for In-Person OSPO Workshops: TODO Group Seeks Collaborators

    As more and more organizations adopt open source initiatives and/or seek to mature their involvement in open source, the OSPO movement is expanding across industries and regions of all types and sizes. Due to the wide range of responsibilities and ways to operate, OSPO professionals usually find it difficult when it comes to implementing OSPO best practices, policies, processes, or tools for their open source management efforts. To help people with these challenges, the TODO Group is introducing a new framework for in-person OSPO workshops.

  • June 13, 2022

    OSPO Mind Map 2.0 release is out!

    TODO Group is proud to announce a new OSPO Mind Map version release. The mind map shows a Open Source Program Office's (OSPO) responsibilities, roles, behavior, and team size within an organization. This post highlights the major improvements done by the community in this new version of the OSPO Mind Map. Updates on Responsibilities section OSPO Mind Map Responsibilities section has new OSPO-specific topics and different sub-sections defined, including: 📘 Develop and Execute Open Source Strategy

  • June 10, 2022

    Learnings from the OSPO expert-led panel on open source strategy & innovation

    On June, Thursday 9th I had the honor to be one of the panelists in the expert-led discussion OSPOs in action. The audience was able to learn from VMware, Comcast, Porsche, and Bloomberg's open source leaders to better understand the value of the OSPO, and where to get started. The aim of this article is to encapsulate my key learnings taken from the webinar, to help the open source community on their OSPO journey.

  • March 23, 2022

    How to convince your manager to start an OSPO

    This time around we feature Josep Prat ( @jlprat ) from Aiven on how to convince your manager to start an OSPO at your company. Recently, I was asked by an ex-colleague to explain how they could convince management to create an OSPO at their company. This is a very interesting question, with several possible answers, that I think deserves a proper write down. Here’s my view on the matter:

  • March 7, 2022

    TODO Group Seeks Partners in 2022 State of the OSPO Study

    The TODO Group, together with Linux Foundation Research, is conducting a survey as part of a research project on the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs among different organizations across the globe. Open source program offices (OSPOs) help set open source strategies and improve an organization’s software development practices. Since 2018, the TODO Group has conducted surveys to assess the state of open source programs across the industry. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 edition featuring additional questions to add value to the community.

  • February 25, 2022

    Announcing The evolution of OSPO featuring case studies from Bloomberg, Comcast, and Porsche

    More than a couple of decades into the OSPO movement, the role of the OSPO and similar open source initiatives have grown to become a central source of expertise and a strong voice in developing and implementing technology strategy at the world’s forward-thinking companies. The TODO Group, in collaboration with Linux Foundation Research, is pleased to release a new whitepaper, The Evolution of the Open Source Program Office. We hope this work provides guidance and a way to better frame and visualize the OSPO ecosystem complexity and provide a roadmap to ease OSPO planning and adoption

  • January 3, 2022

    Meet the 2022 TODO Steering Committee

    TODO Steering Committee is composed of global Open Source leaders and OSPO professionals from a diverse range of industries. Now that the 2021 election has been completed, we are proud to introduce the new Steering Committee members for 2022: Ashley Wolf - GitHub Dawn Foster - VMware Shilla Saebi - Comcast Stephen Augustus - Cisco Stephen Jacobs - RIT Thomas Steenbergen - EPAM VM (Vicky) Brasseur - Wipro Meet the Steering Commitee Here is a short bio from each of the 2022 TODO Steering Committee representatives.

  • December 21, 2021

    2021 Annual Report for TODO Group

    In 2021, we’ve seen a growing number of organizations across all sizes and sectors (both private and public) investing in Open Source Programs more than ever. This blog post captures the 2021 TODO important milestones and OSPO trends in 2022. Introduction OSPO growth requires bigger efforts on education and support from the open-source communities. At TODO Group, we’ve been focused on continuing to expand OSPO adoption worldwide and providing support and guidance to the broader community, building new networking spaces such as OSPOCon or OSPOlogy , investing in OSPO research like our yearly Survey, or bringing monthly updates about OSPO trends through OSPONews .

  • November 29, 2021

    Goldman Sachs becomes a TODO Member

    Goldman Sachs joins the TODO Group as part of launching an Open Source Program Office (OSPO), to accelerate its investment in open source and innovation. Goldman Sachs has been contributing to open source for nearly a decade, finding new ways to advance in their Open Source journey. In August, Goldman Sachs formalized its commitment to open source and created an Open Source Program Office (OSPO). As we have seen work well at other companies, having a single team responsible for the open source strategy will allow us to accelerate and deepen our investment in open source.

  • November 24, 2021

    How can OSPOs & collaboration accelerate innovation and digital transformation?

    Open source initiatives provide companies with proven, successful models to collaborate with other companies, create new technologies, and support the development of new technical communities. Companies across many industries are creating Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) composed of highly skilled individuals to help them drive for a leadership position in open source projects and gain a critical footprint in this external R&D ecosystem. How can OSPOs work as a pattern of innovation to gain sustainable competitive advantage?

  • October 22, 2021

    New OSPO Guide: Creating Open Source Commercial Ecosystems

    A critical element of any business or product strategy that includes the use of open source software is the reinvestment of resources into the projects on which that strategy relies. This can lead to the creation of open source commercial ecosystems, which contribute to the viability and long-term sustainability for those projects. However, before a company will invest resources it must first have confidence in a project’s future prospects such that they’re willing to build commercial dependencies upon it.

  • October 14, 2021

    Learnings from the first OSPO and Open Source for Organizations Conference

    Leading figures from Open Source gathered at OSPOCon and OSPOCon Europe to discuss the new OSPO Era challenges and ways to help the Open Source movement  OSPOCon has demonstrated to be a key networking space to learn and connect with OSPO professionals across organizations: Attendants were able to learn from open source leaders who shared their experiences on ways to establish and run an OSPO, the status of emerging open source initiatives raising within organizations across industries, as well as the evolution of OSPOs worldwide.

  • September 27, 2021

    Announcing OSPO Survey 2021 Results

    OSPO Survey Results 2021 The TODO Group is happy to announce the fourth annual Open Source Program Management Survey results that examines the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs, including the key benefits and barriers to adoption. We have open sourced all of our survey results and graphics: https://github.com/todogroup/survey/tree/master/2021. Key Findings The findings indicated there are many opportunities ahead to educate companies about how OSPOs can benefit them. OSPO Structure: Professionalization continued among OSPOs, with 58% of those programs formally structured, up from 54% the previous year.

  • August 12, 2021

    Announcing new OSPO guide: Career Development for OSPOs

    When it comes to talent management, OSPO professionals appear highly specialized, or their job role seems difficult to categorize into traditional definitions. In fact, one of the many challenges OSPO initiatives are facing is finding the right ways to proactively help staff members plan their career advancement strategy. Today, the TODO Group launches a new OSPO guide to help open-source programs improve their career development. The guide covers: How to build a sustainable and rewarding career path for OSPO employees

  • August 1, 2021

    OSPOlogy, the Study of OSPOs open to everyone

    The TODO group is proud to announce OSPOlogy: A set of OSPO resources made up of monthly meetings, OSPO news, and open discussions with the aim to study the status of Open Source Program Offices. Do you know what’s best? These new resources are open to everyone! Why launch OSPOlogy? What can the community expect from this initiative? How can they get involved? Keep reading to learn more. Why launching OSPOlogy?

  • June 9, 2021

    Announcing OSPO Survey 2021

    The TODO Group, together with Linux Foundation Research and The New Stack, is conducting a survey as part of a research project on the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs among different organizations across the globe. OSPOs help set open source strategies and improve an organization’s software development practices. Since 2018 , the TODO Group has conducted surveys to assess the state of open source programs across the industry.

  • May 11, 2021

    OSPO 101

    The TODO Group would like announce the sharing of a modular OSPO 101 course: All the content is modularized and licensed under CC-BY 4.0 for your usage: https://github.com/todogroup/ospo101 We would like to thank Guy Martin for helping seed the initial content for the course. The course was converted to friendly markdown format by the TODO Group community, including contributions from Chris Aniszczyk and Greg Back. If you’re interested in starting an open source program or collaborating with your peers in open source program management, please consider joining the TODO Group !

  • March 24, 2021

    Announcing the inaugural OSPOCon 2021

    The TODO Group would like announce first OSPOCon: The CFP is open and closes Sunday, June 13 at 11:59pm PDT. If you’re interested in starting an open source program or collaborating with your peers in open source program management, please consider joining the TODO Group !

  • August 27, 2020

    How non-profits, governments, and universities can join the TODO Group

    Open source program offices have become a best practice for companies that rely on open source technologies. As open source program offices have spread, there has been increased interest in applying this best practice in non-corporate contexts. Cities, universities, and other non-corporate organizations are starting to see the benefits of creating a center of competency for open source. The TODO Group is a Linux Foundation collaborative project that serves as a working group for open source program office members around the world.

  • August 17, 2020

    Announcing the Open Source Program Office (OSPO) Definition

    The TODO Group is over 5 years old and as an organization has brought together the brightest in the field of open source program management. We have produced a variety of open source program management guides , tools , surveys and even an awesome list to advance the practice. Today, we are formalizing our definition of what an open source program office (colloquially an OSPO) is based on our years of experience and to ensure we have a common lexicon in the industry when we describe open source programs:

  • August 4, 2020

    Open Source Program Management 2020 Survey Results

    The TODO Group is happy to announce the third annual Open Source Program Management Survey results that examines the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs among the Global Fortune 2000, including the key benefits and barriers to adoption. We have open sourced all of our survey results and graphics: https://github.com/todogroup/survey/tree/master/2020. Key findings include: Use of open source remains stable, and a new generation of companies are increasing their engagement with open source communities.

  • June 18, 2020

    TODO at Open Source Summit North America

    At Open Source Summit North America , the TODO Group will lead a virtual track featuring a variety of talks dedicated to open source program management: Listed below are the talks from the TODO track at OSSNA: Monday, June 20 2020 Trends in Enterprise Open Source Programs - Alex Williams, The New Stack Building a Secure, Efficient, Compliance OSS Supplychain at Scale - Tan Zhongyi (Jerry Tan), Baidu C in CRM Stands for Community: The DevRel Way - Ana Jimenez Santamaria, Bitergia Growing Participation in Your Company’s OSS Projects - Dawn Foster, VMware Growing Sustainable Contributions Through Ambassador Networks - Alison Yu, Indeed & Shilla Saebi, Comcast How (And Why) to Identify Your Critical OSS Dependencies - Julia Ferraioli, Google How to Grow Your Open Source Project and Become an Umbrella Project - John Mertic, The Linux Foundation Intelligent Open Source - Daniel Izquierdo, Bitergia & Jim Jagielski, Uber * Open Source on Purpose: Strategy, Process and Tools to Succeed - Kevin Nelson & Ben Woodring, UnitedHealth Group/Optum BoF: The CHAOSS Project: Answering Specialized Questions About Community Health and Sustainability at Scale - Sean P.

  • October 24, 2019

    Open Source Program Management 2019 Survey Results

    The TODO Group is happy to announce the second annual Open Source Program Management Survey results that examines the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs among the Global Fortune 2000, including the key benefits and barriers to adoption. We have open sourced all of our survey results and graphics: https://github.com/todogroup/survey/tree/master/2019. Key findings include: Adoption of open source programs and initiatives is widespread and goes beyond early adopters. More than half (52%) of the 2,700 study participants either have a formal or informal program or their company is planning to create one, which is one percentage point less than last year.

  • September 3, 2019

    TODO at Open Source Summit Europe

    At Open Source Summit Europe , the TODO Group will lead a track featuring a variety of talks dedicated to open source program management: Listed below are the talks from the TODO track at OSSEU: Monday, October 28 Sustaining Global Public Goods - OSS for Social Good - Heath Arensen, UN Foundation Open Source Center Trends in Open Source Program Management from the 2019 TODO Group Survey - Alex Williams, The New Stack Panel Discussion: What’s Essential in an OSS Project Launch Playbook?

  • August 9, 2019

    TODO at Open Source Summit North America

    At Open Source Summit North America , the TODO Group will lead a track featuring a variety of talks dedicated to open source program management: Listed below are the talks from the TODO track at OSSNA: Wednesday, August 21 Metrics - When One Size Doesn’t Fit All - Carsten Jacobsen, Uber Technologies Inc. & Manrique Lopez, Bitergia The Developer Goodie Bag - Carsten Jacobsen, Uber Technologies Inc. Shifting Incentives in Open Source Participation - Craig Northway, Qualcomm Technologies Inc Navigating the Interface Between Open and Closed Source Software - Craig Peters & Lachlan Evenson, Microsoft Your Company Cares About Open Source Sustainability.

  • July 24, 2019

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Uber

    Our Open Source Program Guides cover case studies from the industries leading open source programs. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, Red Hat and Salesforce, SAP , this month we’re happy to add the Uber open source program (OSPO): Uber Uber is one of the best-known disruptors in the digital age. Its business model famously separated transportation services from the traditional underlying infrastructure with an app-based model offering on-demand and multimodal options.

  • July 24, 2019

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Uber

    Our Open Source Program Guides cover case studies from the industries leading open source programs. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, Red Hat and Salesforce, SAP , this month we’re happy to add the Uber open source program (OSPO): Uber Uber is one of the best-known disruptors in the digital age. Its business model famously separated transportation services from the traditional underlying infrastructure with an app-based model offering on-demand and multimodal options.

  • January 31, 2019

    Open Source Program Case Studies: SAP

    Our Open Source Program Guides cover case studies from the industries leading open source programs. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, Red Hat and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the SAP open source program (OSPO): SAP SAP has been working with open source for decades and has now established an open source program office (OSPO) to further formalize the coordination of its open source activities and expand its engagement with the open source communities.

  • August 30, 2018

    Open Source Program Management 2018 Survey Results

    The TODO Group is thrilled to announce the first Open Source Program Management Survey for 2018 (in partnership with The New Stack ) that examines the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs among the Global Fortune 2000, including the key benefits and barriers to adoption. We have open sourced all of our survey results and graphics: https://github.com/todogroup/survey.

  • August 29, 2018

    Open Source Program Guide: Setting an Open Source Strategy

    Last year, the TODO Group published an initial set of guides focused on the art of open source program management. This year, we plan to continue to update and publish new guides to help our peers in industry to scale out their open source programs and learn from our lesson. Today we are happy to publish a guide on what happens when you are faced with setting an open source strategy for your organization.

  • July 2, 2018

    Take the Open Source Programs Survey

    Almost every developer uses open source code. But not every organization has an open source policy or a formal program to manage how it is used or produced. The TODO Group has partnered with The Newstack to build the first ever open source programs survey. Some of the questions we ask include: If your organization does not have an open source program, why not? What are the challenges and benefits of an open source program?

  • May 3, 2018

    Open Source Program Guide: Building Leadership in an Open Source Community

    Last year, the TODO Group published an initial set of guides focused on the art of open source program management. This year, we plan to continue to update and publish new guides to help our peers in industry to scale out their open source programs and learn from our lesson. Today we are happy to publish a guide on what happens when you are faced with building leadership in your open source community .

  • April 16, 2018

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Capital One

    Last year we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft, Red Hat and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Capital One open source program: Capital One: Open Source in a Regulated Environment Lessons Learned on Our Open Source Journey at Capital One Most people know Capital One as one of the largest credit card companies in the U.

  • March 2, 2018

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Microsoft

    Last year we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Red Hat and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Microsoft open source program: The Open Source Program at Microsoft: How Open Source Thrives Microsoft is now an accepted big player in the open source space, but just a few years ago such a role for the software giant, seemed inconceivable.

  • February 22, 2018

    Opening up our Slack Community

    We have decided to open up our Slack community to everyone to increase knowledge sharing. You can join our Slack community here: We look forward to having conversations with everyone and spreading the best practices of open source program management.

  • February 5, 2018

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Red Hat

    Last year we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Red Hat open source program: Red Hat Open Source and Standards Team: How Red Hat Measures Open Source Success Red Hat is, by its very nature, a deviation from the norm in this series of profiles.

  • January 29, 2018

    Open Source Program Guide: Shutting Down An Open Source Project

    Last year, the TODO Group published an initial set of guides focused on the art of open source program management. This year, we plan to continue to update and publish new guides to help our peers in industry to scale out their open source programs and learn from our lesson. Today we are happy to publish a guide on what happens when you are faced with winding down an open source project .

  • January 10, 2018

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Oath

    Last year we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Oath open source program: Oath For seven years and counting, Gil Yehuda, Senior Director of Open Source at Oath Inc. (which owns the Yahoo and AOL brands), has led the open source program at Yahoo.

  • December 20, 2017

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Dropbox

    A little over a few months we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast, Facebook and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Dropbox open source program: Dropbox The open source program at Dropbox was initially just a mailing list, where some interested engineers wanted to open source projects and develop with open source.

  • November 13, 2017

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Autodesk

    A couple of months we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast, Facebook and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Autodesk open source program: Autodesk Autodesk is undergoing a company-wide shift to open source and inner source. And that’s on top of the culture change that both development methods require.

  • October 9, 2017

    Open Source Program Case Studies: Facebook

    Last month we launched our Open Source Program Guides and as part of that launch, we mentioned we will be actively publishing open source program case studies. We started with Comcast and Salesforce , this month we’re happy to add the Facebook open source program: Facebook Facebook’s open source team was “formally” created in 2009, but the company has built with open source from its inception. Facebook.com was originally built on top of the LAMP (Linux/ Apache/ MySQL/ PHP) stack.

  • September 11, 2017

    TODO Open Source Program Guides

    Last March we held a TODO Group track at Open Source Leadership Summit focused entirely on sharing best practices for businesses managing and building out open source programs. More than a dozen open source program leads and other leaders from companies shared their tips and best practices at the event. Furthermore in the last year or so, we have seen companies like AWS build out an open source program via @AWSOpen and even companies like VMWare hired their first Chief Open Source Officer .

  • June 26, 2017

    TODO Tools Hackathon June 2017

    We recently held a TODO Tools Working Group hackathon at Microsoft. There were about a dozen people from half a dozen different organizations. We ended up with three groupings of hacking around: repository linting, GitHub portal and GitHub data/crawling. Below is a summary of the work that was done and some next steps. Repo Linter ( https://github.com/todogroup/repolinter ) Repo Linter is a a simple linter to check for open source quality: https://github.

  • March 21, 2017

    TODO at Open Source Leadership Summit

    Last month, the TODO Group led a track at the Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS) which featured a variety of talks dedicated to open source program management: Listed below are some of slides from the TODO track at the OSLS: The True Cost of Open Source by Patrick Steele-Idem (eBay) M&A Deal Diligence and its Open Source Benefits by Nithya Ruff and Gil Yehuda How Walmart is Building a Successful Open Source Culture by Andrew Mitry and Megan Rossetti (Walmart) We’re from Capital One and we’re here to help: the experience of contributing to open source at a large corporation by Jonathan Bodner (Capital One) Make your Corporate CLA easy to use, please!

  • November 29, 2016

    CFP: Open Source Leadership Summit 2017

    The TODO Group will be hosting a formal open source office track at the Open Source Leadership Summit in Tahoe next year: We hosted a track last year and encourage the wider community to submit your proposals. We are especially interested in proposals that examine the structure of existing open source programs, what has helped those programs succeed (or fail!), how company culture has shaped those programs, and any lessons learned along the way.

  • July 19, 2016

    LinuxCon Japan 2016: The Rise of the Open Source Program Office

    Gil Yehuda ( @gyehuda ) had an opportunity to keynote at LinuxCon Japan 2016 about the rise of open source program offices, the presentation is provided below: If you’re interested in joining the TODO Group, please reach out over Twitter !

  • June 10, 2016

    Open Source at SanDisk

    More than ever, traditional companies are embracing open source and find that it can get out of control if they don’t have a coordinated plan to manage it. And what do I mean by a traditional company? Companies that are pre-open source (or born before 1995). Also companies that are not in the hardware or software product space, but more in the services space – financial, telecom, healthcare etc. These companies often do not have open source development models or knowledge in their DNA.

  • May 25, 2016

    A Template Job Posting for Open Source Office Lead

    I ran into several folks this past week at OSCON who expressed a keen interest in creating a dedicated role for Open Source at their respective companies. So what was stopping them? One simple thing: every single one of them was struggling to define exactly what that role means. Instinctively we all have a feeling of what an employee dedicated to Open Source might do, but when it comes time to write it down or try to convince payroll, it can be challenging.

  • May 16, 2016

    TODO at OSCON 2016

    Note: This blog post and interview is cross-posted on Linux.com Starting an open source program office is a growing trend among companies that leverage open source software in their business strategies. Led by an open source program officer, open source offices can range in size from one or two advocates on an engineering team to an entirely separate R&D division. But the goal is the same: to strategically address common challenges companies face when adopting open source software.

  • April 5, 2016

    TODO Track at the LF Collaboration Summit

    Last week, the TODO Group led a track at the Collaboration Summit which featured a variety of talks dedicated to open source program management: Listed below are some of slides from TODO members given at the Collaboration Summit: Gil Yehuda ( @gyehuda ) runs the Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) at Yahoo and presented a talk highlighting some of the governance issues facing corporate based open source program offices. Gil made the case that medium to large tech companies need an OSPO.

  • March 30, 2016

    TODO Becomes A Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

    Yesterday, the TODO Group announced new members (Autodesk, CapitalOne, Netflix, and SanDisk) and moving to the Linux Foundation as a Collaborative Project : We are excited as this move will help formalize the group legally (see our charter ) and allow us to scale the group with additional members. The Linux Foundation provides a great home for us and is a very trusted host with collaborative projects such as the NodeJS Foundation , Open Container Initiative and LetsEncrypt .

  • March 29, 2016

    Open Source Program Management Tools

    No matter the size of the organization, running an Open Source Programs Office requires staying on top of several things at once. While the processes between organizations might vary, many of run into a common set of needs and have subsequently developed a set of tools to manage corporate scale open source needs. As part of the TODO Group, we have started sharing those tools with each other and the open source community at large.

  • February 26, 2016

    Followup: Open Code of Conduct

    Growing a successful open source project takes more than code; it takes a healthy community where contributors can engage in deep conversations with respect. A code of conduct can be one important tool in helping a community uphold its own values. Last year , the TODO Group explored building a code of conduct template. Our goal was to share our experiences with each other, and encourage other communities to consider similar principles when building their open source projects.

  • July 20, 2015

    Announcing the Open Code of Conduct

    Update: We will not be continuing work on the open code of conduct. See our followup post for more information. We believe open source communities should be a welcoming place for all participants. Through our experiences within the TODO Group, we strongly believe that a code of conduct helps set the ground rules for participation in communities and helps build a culture of respect. By adopting and honoring a code of conduct, communities can communicate their values, set expectations and outline a process for dealing with unwelcome behavior when it arises.

  • July 15, 2015

    Creating an Open Source Office at Box

    This time around we feature Benjamin VanEvery ( @bvanevery ) from Box on how a company new to open source gets started developing an Open Source Office. The goal of this post is to shed some light on starting up an Open Source Office by sharing experiences at Box. Several past blog articles have focused on why each of our companies got involved in open source. Each has been enlightening to read through and get a glimpse of what open source means to the individual companies how it impacts their cultures.

  • May 18, 2015

    OSCON 2016: Open Source Lessons from the TODO Group

    We had an opportunity to speak at OSCON 2016, the slides are provided below: Thank you to everyone who attended our session and asked questions! If you’re interested in joining the TODO Group, please reach out over Twitter! See a follow up blog from Ben VanEvery about his experience starting the Open Source Office at Box.

  • April 2, 2015

    Why we run an open source program - Microsoft

    This is the next in our series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company is committed to open source software. This week, we feature Gianugo Rabellino ( @gianugo ), Sr. Director, Open Source Communities at Microsoft Open Technologies . Five years ago I was flying back from my interview at Microsoft and jotting down a pros and cons list. I ended up focusing on one item. It was on both columns and it was staring at me.

  • March 24, 2015

    Why we run an open source program - Twitter

    This is the fifth in a series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company is committed to open source software. This week, we feature Chris Aniszczyk ( @cra ), who’s in charge of open source at Twitter . Since Twitter’s early days, open source has been a pervasive part of our engineering culture . Every Tweet you send and receive touches a plethora of open source software on its journey from our Linux-based infrastructure to your device.

  • March 17, 2015

    Why we run an open source program - GitHub

    This is the fourth in a series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company is committed to open source software. This week, we feature Brandon Keepers ( @bkeepers ), who is heading up the open source efforts at GitHub . From the very beginning, GitHub has been about open source. Scratching the itch of better code collaboration turned into a company built on and for open source; from the philosophies that founded the company, to the servers running the infrastructure, to the languages and libraries we use to build applications, to the millions of public repositories hosted on them.

  • March 10, 2015

    Why we run an open source program - Box

    This is the third in a series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company is committed to open source software. This week, we feature Benjamin VanEvery ( @bvanevery ) and Nicholas Zakas ( @slicknet ), who oversee the open source activities at Box . We see running our open source program as being a logical extension to the type of work Boxers do every day. Like many tech companies, our technology stack includes open source projects.

  • March 3, 2015

    Why we run an open source program - Yahoo!

    This is the second in a series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company is committed to open source software. This week, we feature Gil Yehuda ( @gyehuda ), who’s in charge of open source at Yahoo! . Since my company does not sell software, the choice to open source code is rather simple. Consider the alternative: keeping code a proprietary secret. Keeping secrets is expensive. Proprietary code needs to be maintained as other code dependencies often create the need to tweak things.

  • February 24, 2015

    Why we run an open source program - Walmart Labs

    Over the coming weeks, we are publishing a series of blog posts from TODO Group members, explaining why each company has decided to run programs to publish, use, and improve open source software - and the benefits that result. First up, Dion Almaer ( @dalmaer ) with Walmart Labs ’ perspective. Why would a company spend resources on an open source program, and why is it really needed? These are great questions, and my point of view has probably changed in some ways over time.

  • November 7, 2014

    Welcome!

    A little over a month ago we announced the formation of the TODO Group , a group of companies coming together to collaborate on practices, tools, and other ways to run successful and effective open source projects and programs. The response we received was overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve been working hard since that time to clarify our goals and objectives as well as determine a path forward that includes as many companies as possible.