Recently, we created the Sauce Labs Open Program Office to focus our attention internally on how we support and contribute to the open source community. Last week, we proudly launched a new web site with comprehensive information about the office, including best practices, contribution guidelines for the Sauce team, and a new blog where Diego Molina and Christian Bromann will write regularly about all things open source. This article is cross-posted from the new blog. Check out the site and subscribe so you don’t miss any of the open source goodness!
Not long ago, we announced that we created our Open Source Program Office to deepen our investment in the broader open source community. Open source is part of our DNA here at Sauce, and this was a key part of our strategy to truly leverage sustainable and active support for open source software (OSS) within the company.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the why, the what, and the how of the Open Source Program Office.
First up, what’s our mission? The open source team at Sauce intends to actively contribute to, develop, and lead open source projects that are critical to the community and to the mission of Sauce Labs. Secondly, this team will adopt policies that will enable Sauce employees to easily contribute to OSS projects by helping them understand best practices of open source development.
And why do we believe so strongly in the value of open source? Simply put, we have seen for ourselves that it allows us to harness the collective power of the global testing and developer communities to develop and maintain the best, most useful software. This benefits everyone—not just the developers, but also the users.
As a team, here’s what our Open Source Program Office is committed to doing:
Participate: We invest and participate in projects and communities that share our common goal to create a world of digital confidence.
Share: We are eager to share our knowledge, code, and practices around automated testing to benefit as many people as possible.
Promote: We encourage and celebrate our engineering teams and the work they put out for the common good.
Christian Bromann and I helped establish the Open Source Program Office at Sauce Labs because we personally believe so strongly in OSS. We are both software engineers with years of experience leading and contributing to open source projects, including Webdriver.io, Appium and Selenium. We are both committed to spreading the open source love within Sauce Labs and the broader community.
Be sure to watch this space and stay tuned—in the coming months, we’ll be posting about open source projects we work on, what we’re seeing across the community, and how you can get involved.