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pattern/get-contributions-despite-silo-thinking #38

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gruetter commented Feb 8, 2017

In hierarchical and silo-organized organizations, getting voluntary contributions in InnerSource projects can be challenging. It is crucial to create mechanisms to incentivize managers to foster voluntary contributions.

Hey everyone. Here's a new donut from the Bosch guys. Have at it ;)

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dmittman commented Oct 15, 2017

First time commenter on these patterns. I've observed that although the title of this pattern seems to be "Incentive mechanisms to foster voluntary contribution" (differs from the filename, but that's a different matter), the gist of the pattern seems to be finding ways to recast the contribution effort as something other than voluntary. That is, not that the contribution is "compulsory," but that the contribution is a part of the InnerSource participant's compensation. I've done some thinking about the differences between Open Source volunteerism (where an individual is contributing to an Open Source project on their own, uncompensated time), versus InnerSource where, as an employee of a company, labor laws often prohibit you from "volunteering" your time. Is there a way to remove the word "volunteer" from InnerSource? I believe that the idea that we're "volunteering" on an InnerSource project is what sets some project managers against the idea of InnerSource.


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rrrutledge commented Oct 18, 2017

Thanks for commenting, @dmittman . I like that point.

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