Isabel Drost-Fromm

Europace AG


Isabel Drost-Fromm is Open Source Strategist at Europace AG Germany. She’s a member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Isabel is interested in all things FOSS, search and text mining with a decent machine learning background. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit. As a result she co-founded and is still one of the creative heads behind both Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage as well as FOSS Backstage, a conference on all things Free and Open Source behind the scenes - including valuable lessons learned for internal software development teams (also known as InnerSource).

How InnerSource best practices can help deal with team growth

Pizza-sized, cross-functional, autonomous teams working towards a clear vision - or so the ideal goes. Reality often differs slightly:Teams grow beyond being pizza-sized. Instead of working in isolation,there are dependencies to coordinate - but also synergies to benefit from looking beyond ones own peers.

People with an open source background for years have been operating in an environment that is lacking rigid boundaries: Projects are composed of individuals coming from different time zones, countries but also from different organizations. Often people are involved with more than one open source project.

Based on our experience at mid-sized fintech Europace AG this talk will give some examples of how InnerSource can bring lessons learnt in OSS into internal software development teams.