Introduction to InnerSource

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InnerSource is a software development methodology that applies the lessons learned from decades of open source software development to the concerns of tech leads and developers working inside proprietary organizations. In this introductory level course, InnerSource experts Danese Cooper and Russell Rutledge draw on their own experiences at companies like PayPal, Nike, and more to describe how InnerSource methods solve real world issues. How do I get teams located in far flung locations, possibly speaking different languages, and using different tools to work together effectively? How do I teach teams to contribute code without disrupting each other's workflow? How can I encourage developers in one business unit to incorporate functionality in their products using features developed by a competing business unit? These are just a few of the concerns InnerSource can address. By the end of this course, you'll have a firm understanding of InnerSource's key practices (collaboration, transparency, and mentorship) and a solid grasp of how you can use them to transform your own team from average to excellent.

  • Understand the connection between open source and InnerSource
  • Acquire a fundamental understanding of what InnerSource is—and what it isn't
  • Learn about the transformative practices of collaboration, transparency, and mentorship
  • Hear first-hand accounts of InnerSource in action, where it worked and why
  • Discover how InnerSource can resolve the thorny issues faced by developers everywhere

Danese Cooper is the Head of Open Source at Paypal, where she runs OASIS, an office devoted to engineering cultural change through open source, InnerSource, and other key initiatives. A developer, computer scientist, internationally recognized open source evangelist, and InnerSource practitioner with 25+ years of experience leading ground breaking development teams at Intel, Sun Microsystems, Apple, Symantec, and more, Danese also runs daneseWorks, a successful consultancy that helps organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation devise their open source strategies. Russell Rutledge is a Principal Development Engineer at Nike, where he leads Nike's Community Core team. A frequent contributor to, Russell previously worked at Microsoft, where he helped found the OneDrive Engineering team. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College.

Product information

  • Title: Introduction to InnerSource
  • Author(s): Russell Rutledge, Danese Cooper
  • Release date: July 2018
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781492041498