Analysis of the retention rate of the Outreachy program in OpenStack

Mentoring is one of those activities key in any open source communities as well as in any other environment such as internally at companies. The new edition of the OpenStack gender report [to be published], produced by Intel and Bitergia, has focused specifically on those programs that help newcomers and filling the existing knowledge gap.

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OpenExpo Europe 2018

Join Bitergia at Open Expo Europe 2018, the largest professional event within Free, Libre, Open Source Software and Open world economy sector in Spain. This year, OpenExpo18 will take place on the 6th and 7th of June in Madrid.

We are all prepared for this upcoming event, are you? Don’t miss a thing and be updated about all our activity. First of all, our Bitergians’ talks at OpenExpo18:

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Improving customer care with a community perspective

Bitergia is providing services to many open source related companies and organizations, but one of the core aims has been always to provide something useful for the communities of those companies and organizations. So, how could we involve these communities in our customer care services?

First of all, let’s check what we are giving to our customers:

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We are hiring! Looking for a Python developer

We are hiring a Python developer to help us developing GrimoireLab, our stack for software development analytics. We are looking for a smart, high-energy person, with a passion for learning, contributing and collaborating in free, open source projects to work with us in Madrid (Spain) area.

We offer a regular job contract, with a salary range of 25K – 35K € / year.

Restrictions

  • Commuting at least three days a week is required
  • No Agencies Please

Requirements

  • Effective communication and collaboration in English
  • Experience developing with Python (+2 years)
  • Free, open source software knowledge and background
  • Experience with collaborative tools, including Git and GitHub

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New release of Perceval: Slack support now available!

Perceval is the Grimoire Lab tool that gives the first step for allowing Grimoire to gather automatic and incremental data for almost any tool related with contributing to Open Source.

Grimoire Lab architecture draft, showing its different pieces
Grimoire Lab Architecture (draft). Some pieces still under heavy development

Perceval goes on the quest to retrieve and gather data from git, GitHub, Bugzilla, JIRA, Gerrit, mbox, pipermail, StackExchange, Discourse, etc.   for producing valuable indices, with GrimoireELK.

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Key aspects when inner-sourcing your infrastructure

Not everything in inner source is about community building [but a big portion!] and the infrastructure is basic to foster collaboration, transparency and community building.

This post is about aspects to have in mind when deploying the tooling needed to provide support to developers within the organization and across business units.

There is a more extended version of this infrastructure topic in the work-in-progress book about inner source: Managing Inner Source Projects that we, in Bitergia, are writing. Specifically in the infrastructure chapter. This is available under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license and anyone is more than welcome to propose new sections, improve the current ones and collaborate in any way. Please feel free to redistribute!

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Lessons learned when tracking OSS projects (and what Inner Source projects can learn)

[Extra material available at the Open Source Leadership Summit talk and its slides in the Bitergia’s Speakerdeck account]

We are all used to open source projects. Concepts such as community, code review process, continuous integration, geographically distributed contributions, community managers, and a whole myriad of terms and collaborative way of working are usual for all of us. And enterprises are learning from this open process. Those are changing the direction of their development models to a more open one within the organization. Initiatives such as the Inner Source Commons where companies such as PayPal or Bloomberg are publicly exposing their case, help others to deal with the usual problems they face.

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