Open Source Management & Strategy


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3 days at 5 hrs/day

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The Linux Foundation


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12 month course access

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Skills Covered: Open Source Strategy, Open Source Governance, Open Source Business Strategy, Program Management, Open Source Development, Open Source Compliance,  Open Source Projects Contribution, Creating Open Source Projects

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This seven-module course series builds on the collective experience of several previous open source best practises training courses, while also introducing new and revised material to clarify all of the essential elements of working successfully with open source in your organisation. The courses are self-paced and built to be high-level but detailed enough to get novice open source professionals up and running quickly.

The goal of this course series is to help administrators, managers, and software developers identify and express the fundamental principles for implementing successful open source practises in their organisations. It’s also useful for a leadership audience responsible for establishing successful open source software management in their enterprise. Students should provide a clear knowledge of software creation and industry concepts before enrolling.

You should be able to develop successful processes and methods for developing new open source projects from scratch, or for open sourcing previously closed source projects within an organisation, after completing this course sequence.


You will learn the fundamentals of open source and open standards in the first module (LFC202). You’ll also discover the differences between open source and closed source applications, as well as the arguments for using both, and how combining standards and open source adds benefit to an enterprise.

Open Source Introduction (LFC202): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Introducing Open Source
Chapter 3. A Short History of Open Source Software
Chapter 4. Reasons to Use Open Source

The second module (LFC203) goes into the different open source market models and how to create realistic plans and policies for your company’s chosen model. It also discusses the value and significance of an Open Source Program Office (OSPO), as well as how the OSPO will assist in determining ROI and other open source metrics.

Open Source Business Strategy (LFC203): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Introducing Open Source Business Models
Chapter 3. Developing an Open Source Strategy
Chapter 4. Developing Open Source Policies
Chapter 5. Introducing the Open Source Program Office

You will learn how to create an efficient OSPO and express the various types of roles and responsibilities needed to operate it effectively in the third module (LFC204).

Effective Open Source Program Management (LFC204): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Open Source Program Offices & Your Organization
Chapter 3. Building an Effective Open Source Program Office
Chapter 4. Additional Information & Case Studies

Module 4 (LFC205) discusses the importance of continuous delivery and monitoring in a healthy open source project, as well as how to extend open source architecture concepts to internal programmes within your company to maximise the benefits of these principles.

Open Source Development Practices (LFC205): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Effective Open Source Development & Participation
Chapter 3. The Role of Continuous Integration & Testing
Chapter 4. Applying Open Source Methodologies Internally

The fifth module (LFC206) covers the value of proper open source licence enforcement as well as how to create systems and processes to ensure stable and effective open source consumption in the enterprise. You’ll also learn about the most popular open source licence forms and their key features, as well as how to pick the best licence for a particular scenario.

Open Source Compliance Programs (LFC206): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Open Source Licensing and Compliance Basics
Chapter 3. Building an Effective Compliance Program
Chapter 4. Choosing the Right License Compliance Tool
Chapter 5. The Role of Open Source Audits During M&A Activities

Module 6 (LFC207) covers how to collaborate more closely with upstream open source initiatives and how to develop sound contribution policies in organisations to get the most out of project groups. It also illustrates how governance processes influence an organization’s ability to make effective contributions by describing some different upstream project governance models.

Collaborating Effectively with Open Source Projects (LFC207): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Understanding Upstream Open Source Projects
Chapter 3. Effective Upstream Contribution Strategies
Chapter 4. Upstream Development Practices

Finally, the final module (LFC208) addresses the logic and importance of starting new open source projects, as well as the necessary legal, business, and development processes.

Creating Open Source Projects (LFC208): Course Outline
Chapter 1. Course Introduction
Chapter 2. Open Source Project Creation Overview
Chapter 3. New Project Preparations
Chapter 4. Successful Project Launch & Sustainment

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