Innersource is the approach of using open source practices within proprietary organisations to take advantage of the open collaborative way of building software.   Adopting InnerSource can revolutionise a company’s development strategies to become a true modern technology organisation.  Many of the world’s most innovative companies like PayPal, Nike, Bosch and Microsoft have been embracing InnerSource for years.
Why InnerSource Matters

By applying the principles of open source within an organisation, InnerSource helps teams work better together, reduce bottlenecks and build a much more collaborative, effective and efficient delivery model.
It has been gaining momentum in the last number of years thanks to the wide range of reported benefits:

  • Increased developer collaboration across silos
  • Better code quality
  • More code re-use
  • Enhanced documentation
  • Higher developer satisfaction
  • Improved talent acquisition and retention

We have been using InnerSource for some time and have first-hand experience of how it increases quality and speed of our software development and delivery. It was great to engage with Danese and NearForm to learn about how others have overcome common blockers on their InnerSource journey.

Fergal Gunn, Snr Manager Global Services – Application Development, Dell EMC

At WorldVision we are focused on increasing our digital capabilities and capacity to help deliver our strategy and long-term vision. We are exploring InnerSource as a way to increase collaboration between our development teams. Engaging with Danese and NearForm on InnerSource helped us map our options and prioritise next steps on our journey.

Martin Campbell, CIO WorldVision

How do I get on the InnerSource Journey?

Transformation is about learning to adapt, adjust and meet demands.  In order to succeed with InnerSource, companies need to first recognise the problem and be willing to take risks.  InnerSource is about infiltrating the core culture and proving the value of transparent peer-based co-development models.

We encourage clients to start small, treat it like an experiment.  Once you’ve demonstrated how to solve big problems on a small scale, you can broaden it to the wider organisation.

Danese Cooper, VP of Special Initiatives
New to InnerSource?  We can help

If InnerSource is new to you, you’re not sure what ‘great collaboration’ looks like and you need practical help in setting up ‘rules of engagement’ or embarking on a pilot, we can help you get there.  Some of the areas we can work with you on:

Cultural Inventory questionnaire, interviews, workshops.

Project Guidance training, establishing procedures, mentoring.

Project Assessment evaluation, team structures, documentation.

Implementation awareness, discovery, pilot, repeat.

NearForm is available to work with you in helping your organization understand more about InnerSource.  Learn from our experts with hands-on experience of implementing InnerSource at enterprise scale.  Get in touch about our InnerSource developer days, training and consultancy offers or to arrange an initial evaluation with Danese Cooper.

Lessons from a Journey to InnerSource at Lloyds Banking Group

Danese Cooper chats with James McLeod, Director of Community at FINOS, about his journey to InnerSource at Lloyds Banking Group, the common misconceptions of InnerSource, overcoming challenges and reaping the true benefits of a more collaborative organisation.

Get Your Complimentary Book: Adopting InnerSource

In Danese Cooper’s book Adopting InnerSource she discusses how the application of open source principles and practices to create in-house software is taking off in the corporate world. With this practical book, you’ll explore case studies from Bell Labs, PayPal, Ericsson, Nike, Bosch, and Europace that demonstrate why and how InnerSource can work in your organisation.

Starting on the InnerSource journey enables a business to think differently about how people within the technology organization engage with other parts of the business.  It educates them on the real benefits of collaboration.

James McLeod, Director of Community, FINOS

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