Building an Open Source Culture at Europe’s Largest Fashion Platform

Lauri Apple discusses Zalando's open source transformation and how it's shaped the company.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016

Our Open Source Evangelist Lauri Apple has been on the road recently, most notably at OSCON, where the open source community gathers to celebrate achievements, spark new ideas, and map the future of open computing through collaboration and education.

Lauri delivered her keynote on Radical Agility, which deeply transformed Zalando’s open source development efforts by freeing up engineers to experiment, create, and innovate. Lauri explains how this process created a guild of engineers passionate about open source and got the team talking about their work more frequently.

However, this also presented its own set of challenges: How do you balance the desire to let engineers make their own decisions about what to publish on GitHub while keeping the signal-to-noise ratio low? Lauri offers some answers to that question and describes how to go about helping your engineers develop a stronger product mindset to help their projects succeed.