Effective work practices for FLOSS development: A model and propositions

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Conference Proceedings


Proceedings of the 38th Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Big Island, Hawai'i, January (2005)


We review the literature on Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development and on software development, distributed work and teams more generally to develop a theoretical model to explain the performance of FLOSS teams. The proposed model is based on Hackman’s [1] model of effectiveness of work teams, with coordination theory [2] and collective mind [3] to extend Hackman’s model by elaborating team practices relevant
to effectiveness in software development. We propose a set of propositions to guide further research.


"Effective work practices for Software Engineering: Free/Libre Open Source Software Development". Presentation at the Workshop on Interdisciplinary Software Engineering 2004, SIGSOFT 2004/FSE-12 Conference, Newport Beach, CA, 5 November. Powerpoint file.

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