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Transforming with an Open Garden

I was invited to speak at one of the TODO meetings, 17 Jan 2017, at the Yahoo Sunnyvale offices. My talk was centered around Open Source First as a strategy using the Open Garden Development and Project to Product concepts.

What is the TODO group

The primary purpose of the TODO group is to bring together companies who run open source programs. Open source leaders, as a community, do not talk amongst ourselves very often. We deal with lawyers, security, and technology products, so being shy comes as no surprise. Henceforth to combat the lack of communication, the TODO group was formed to help improve the shared knowledge. Generously, the Linux Foundation supports the TODO group as one of the Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects.

Open Garden as part of Open Source First

My talk highlighted the accomplishments of Walmart as a company and OpenStack as an open source software development community. I want the success of OpenStack as software development community to work at Walmart. Therefore, I have created an strategy for success called Open Source First to work on making this happen. To begin with, we have started with the Open Garden Development and Project to Product parts of the plan. Put simply, we are improving collaboration through better communication and creating a better workflow from feature development to product implementation. For your review, find the talk slides are below for more details. For more information on the Linux TODO group visit http://todogroup.org/.

#UPDATE 08 Feb 2017: I rewrote the first paragraph with better verbiage and added a second paragraph with details on the content of the talk

Public Product Management Transforms Private at Walmart

For those of you that know me,

know that I am more a of engineer than a product guy. Even so, I was hired on to transform the Walmart Platform Products using my engineering and open source experience as the Walmart Platform Product Director. It’s been very interesting so far. Not without some bumps and bruises along the way. I am happy to say that we are in our 5th month running an internal Platform Product Guild, largely based on the success we the OpenStack community have had with the OpenStack Product working group. We have development teams publishing Product Roadmaps that we regularly review across product teams and with customers. We are directing customer and engineering feature requests into our Product Roadmaps and product development cycles. We still a lot of quality to improve on, but we have made great progress so far. I am looking forward into 2017 to include more open source behaviors in the product development processes at Walmart. Stay tuned for more details as I can share them.

OpenStack Seattle 2016 Keynote

I was fortunate enough to be asked to give the opening keynote to the OpenStack Seattle Days 2016 conference. These types of events are mini-conferences put on in partnership with the local OpenStack user group. The user group gets tickets at a discount that is subsidized by the vendor sponsorships. We generally follow the user group rules of focusing on community works, not selling a product with our talks. This is my second year attending this event in Seattle put on by Sriram Subramanian. Excellent food, entertaining talks, and a great venue. I will definitely come back again. Read more at http://www.openstackseattle.com/, http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Seattle/events/232134301/.

OpenStack Silicon Valley 2016 keynote

I was asked to give the one of the keynote addresses to the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2016 conference put on by Mirantis. These types of events are mini-conferences put on in partnership with the local OpenStack user group. The user group gets tickets at a discount that is subsidized by the vendor sponsorships. We generally follow the user group rules of focusing on community works, not selling a product with our talks. This was my third year attending this mini-conference and the first year presenting.

See https://www.openstacksv.com/ and https://www.meetup.com/openstack/ for more details.