Ten Years of Inner Source: Case Studies & Conclusions

Speaker Name: 
Dr. Dirk Riehle
Speaker Title: 
Professor of Open Source Software
Speaker Organization: 
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Start Time: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 9:50am
End Time: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:25am
Center for Research in Open Source Software


Inner sourcing is the use of open source best practices within companies to improve engineering productivity. In 2006, Dr. Riehle introduced inner source to SAP. After becoming a professor, his group helped further companies introduce inner source to their engineering organizations. Using three generations of projects, the group can report about their experiences and how they are turning those into a practical handbook for inner source governance.


Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A., is the Professor of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before joining academia, Riehle led the Open Source Research Group at SAP Labs, LLC, in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley). Riehle founded the Open Symposium, now the international conference on open collaboration. He was also the lead architect of the first UML virtual machine. He is interested in open source and inner source software engineering, agile software development methods, complexity science and human collaboration, and software system architecture, design, and implementation. Prof. Riehle holds a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zürich and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He welcomes email at dirk@riehle.org, <mailto:dirk@riehle.org,> blogs at http://dirkriehle.com, and tweets as @dirkriehle.