September 27-30, 2021
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Monday, September 27 • 11:15am - 12:05pm
(IN-PERSON) Case Study: When the Open Source Program Office is Responsible for Innovation - Mark Gisi & Amanda Huynh, Wind River

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The Open Source Program Office is responsible for managing various mission critical tasks including open source adoption; risk mitigation; community contributions and engagements, and talent retention. Our company recently pivoted by changing its strategic focus. To support that effort the program office was also tasked with “fostering grassroots innovation” by leveraging open source principles. Although our company staffs a formal research team, we wanted to obtain an additional boost by embracing the “scratch an itch” principle to empower employees at ALL levels. The value creation and cultural impact has exceeded expectations – creating new product features, cross functional tooling, customer demos, improved processes, open source projects, and compelling customer demos (to name a few). The program has fostered the creation of more than 150 employee driven initiatives since we first introduced the project in 2019. We present the playbook used and software developed that support this initiative (both available under Apache-2.0), and share a half dozen success stories. We also hope to encourage others to adopt and contribute to the project.

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Mark Gisi

Director, Open Source Program Office, Wind River
Mark is the Director of the Open Source Program Office at Wind River Systems where he is responsible for open source adoption; risk mitigation; community engagement and innovation acceleration using open source principles. Mark was an early contributor to the SPDX project and currently... Read More →

Amanda Huynh

Software Engineer/Intern, Wind River
Amanda is pursuing a Computer Science Degree at Stanford University. Amanda is a core contributor to the Boundless Innovation web portal project's user interface and playbook, and has worked with scores of employee-initiated projects to foster greater visibility across the compan... Read More →

Monday September 27, 2021 11:15am - 12:05pm PDT
Room 302