InnerSource fundamentals

Organizations of all sizes and in all industries are chatting about InnerSource concepts. This course walks you through some of the key concepts of InnerSource and helps you build up an internal toolkit for adopting InnerSource practices.

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Organizations of all sizes and in all industries are chatting about InnerSource concepts. This course walks you through some of the key concepts of InnerSource and helps you build up an internal toolkit for adopting InnerSource practices.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • contrast user versus organization owned projects
  • make recommendations about the number of GitHub organizations you should have
  • create discoverable repositories
  • create robust repository READMEs
  • use issue and pull request templates
  • build transparency into repositories
  • measure the success of InnerSource within your organization
  • distribute your InnerSource toolkit

You'll be able to answer questions like:

  • What is the difference between InnerSource and open source?
  • How can my organization create repositories to organize work?
  • How should my organization handle bug reports?
  • How should I document my workflows to share with my team members?
  • How do I measure success in my projects?

What you'll build

As we work, we'll create a resource that others can use within your organization. This repository will be useful even after you finish this course.

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What you need to know

We assume in this course you understand GitHub terminology and concepts. If you need help with this, take our Introduction to GitHub. You'll also want a working understanding of GitHub Pages. We have a course on GitHub Pages as well. Finally, it helps if you have prior experience working on team project.

What tools we'll learn

For this course we'll use GitHub Pages and Jekyll.

Who this is for

This is the best course for someone working at a company or organization that already works InnerSource. Or for a company or organization that is transitioning to InnerSource. This would be a great course for a technical leader interested in bringing transformation to their workflows.

Most of the ideas here work for all repositories on GitHub. This course has some content specific to working within an organization. If you are an open-source maintainer or contributor, this course has content that would be useful.

Steps to complete this course 14
  1. Answer your first challenge question

    Determine the differences between open source and InnerSource.

  2. Answer the ownership challenge

    Discover how repository ownership affects visibility and access.

  3. Merge the ownership pull request

    Beef up your InnerSource toolkit with resources about repository ownership.

  4. Answer the discoverability challenge

    Learn about ways to make your repository easy to discover.

  5. Merge the discoverability pull request

    Add resources for making discoverable repositories to your InnerSource toolkit.

  6. Answer the templates challenge question

    Determine how template files can help you create easy-to-join projects.

  7. Merge the templates pull request

    Add starter templates to your InnerSource toolkit.

  8. Answer the workflows challenge question

    Discover how being transparent about your workflow can help others contribute.

  9. Merge the workflows pull request

    Add branching and workflow strategies to your InnerSource toolkit.

  10. Answer the project management challenge

    Learn about how you can surface your project management strategies to potential contributors.

  11. Merge the project management pull request

    Beef up your InnerSource toolkit with project management tips.

  12. Answer the success metrics challenge

    Begin thinking about how to measure the success of your InnerSource program.

  13. Merge the metrics pull request

    Add possible metrics to your InnerSource toolkit.

  14. Enable GitHub Pages

    Publish your InnerSource toolkit by turning on GitHub Pages.

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36 minutes

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