Establishing an Open Source Program Office

Cloud Native Austin
Thu, May 21, 2020, 6:00 PM (CDT)

About this event

How to attend:

Our May meetup will be a virtual event. All are welcome to attend! In following the spirit of our meetups, this will be an interactive virtual event (not a webinar-style event). Please register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual event.


6:00pm: Socializing and Announcements
6:30pm: Talk: Establishing an Open Source Program Office
7:15pm: Conclude


In many companies, open source programs start informally with a group of diligent engineers and a few legal people. The ad-hoc group soon realizes it needs a more formal program to scale to address the litany of important issues and achieve specific business goals. With such an office in place, businesses can establish and execute on their open source strategies in clear terms, giving their leaders, developers, marketers, and other staff the tools they need to make open source a success within their operations. In this talk, we’ll discuss:

• Why create an open source program office.
• The role of the open source program office.
• Open source programs at prominent technology companies.
• How to establish an open source office.
• Program structure and management roles.
• Setting policy, processes and goals.
• Measuring and monitoring success.

Prerequisite knowledge:

None - An understanding that open source is pervasively leveraged.

Takeaway for audience:

Attendees will be asked to consider open source strategies that include not only consuming open source software and complying with licensing, but also participating in community, giving and receiving contributions as well as actively assuaging the competitive nature of popular projects.

Presentation is for:

Software Engineers, Project Managers, Program Managers, Engineering Leaders, R&D Operations


Lee Calcote, Founder, Layer5,