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InnerSource, Why Startups Fail + Dealing With Shame

InnerSource, Why Startups Fail + Dealing With Shame
By Niall Maher • Issue #36 • View online
“You cannot hope to make progress in areas where you have taken no action.” - Epictetus

This week I attended the InnerSource Commons gathering that was being held in Dublin.
I’ve recently started helping Marsh McLennan in its InnerSource efforts to tie together the technology capabilities of Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer, and Oliver Wyman.
InnerSource is the use of open source software development best practices and the establishment of an open source-like culture within organizations for the development of its non-open-source and/or proprietary software. The term was coined by Tim O'Reilly in 2000 in his column. Wikipedia
I’ll be sharing some of my learnings from the work over the coming months/years, but for now, I will introduce the concept of why a business might consider InnerSource.
When a business is small, and everyone is highly connected, we assume everyone knows everything.
But as businesses scale and people focus on their projects and specialties, new people join and leave, and knowledge and work get lost. Projects end up with silos and people that are bottlenecks in running them. We sometimes allow hacks to fix a codebase and other dubious practices sneak in as the visibility of our work is hidden, and people are under pressure to deliver.
In InnerSource (or following Open Source practices), we push the practice of creating high-quality code, detailed documentation, code reuse, collaboration, and, most importantly, a happy and healthy engineering culture.
There is a whole list of challenges that InnerSource can help businesses solve.
Here’s some taken from GitLab:
Challenges and solutions taken from GitLab
Challenges and solutions taken from GitLab
To learn more about InnerSource in-depth, you can check out this selection of free books.
Books
What I've been reading 📖
App/Site of the week 🗓
Write like a docPresent like a deck‍
End ❤️
That’s all for this week, have a great week ahead, and I’ll chat with you next week! 👋
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