Netflix’s Spinnaker tale

How did Netflix’s in-house engineers adapt to the sea change inherent in open source collaboration?

Netflix's Spinnaker tale

How would Netflix’s in-house engineers adapt to this sea change?

Communicate regularly
Share the roadmap
Build trust and accountability

Clear communication, a consistent vision, and team trust were critical to the success of this endeavor. Netflix understands leaders of open source projects must hold them with an open hand—no one company can dominate the conversation. It’s crucial that the team build a culture of valuing any input, from individuals and large organizations. Working in the open also helped keep the engineers accountable both internally and externally to their main work at Netflix, and to the open source project that now belonged to so many more than just those in the company.