About Inner Sourcing -or- what any project can learn from successful open-source projects

Over the last 10 years, I've been maintaining several .NET open-source projects, of which one, Fluent Assertions, has crossed the 90 million NuGet downloads. This may sound like a trivial thing, but I can tell you first hand that maintaining a successful open-source project requires patience, perseverance and a lot of time. I.o.w. the exact same challenges that you face in your real-life day job, especially if you've been trying to break down your monolith into smaller components, libraries and services maintained by various folks. I'll start with a bit of history about this project to help you understand how similar it is to real project. Then I'll dive into the characteristics of a great library or component, .NET framework compatibility, the branching and release strategy, and the build pipeline. But I'll also cover some aspects of (internal) marketing, dealing with cross-team contribution, documentation and support aspects. I'll wrap up with design guidelines that I now apply on all my internal projects.

Dennis Doomen

Hands-on architect in the .NET space with 26 years of experience on an everlasting quest for knowledge to build the right software the right way at the right time

The Hague, Netherlands

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