Exploring Coordination Structures in Open Source Software Development


Amrit, Chintan and Hegeman, J.H. and Hillegersberg, Jos van (2007) Exploring Coordination Structures in Open Source Software Development. In: Jos van Hillegersberg & Frank Harmsen & Chintan Amrit & Eva Geisberger & Patrick Keil & Marco Kuhrmann (Eds.), TOMAG+REMIDI 2007 Proceedings : The Seventh International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry. CTIT workshop proceedings series . Center for Telematics and Information Technology, CTIT, Enschede.

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Abstract:Coordination is difficult to achieve in a large globally distributed project setting. The problem is multiplied in open source software development projects, where most of the traditional means of coordination such as plans, system-level designs, schedules and defined process are not used. In order to maintain proper coordination in open source projects one needs to monitor the progress of the FLOSS project continuously. We propose a mechanism of display of Socio- Technical project structures that can locate the coordination problems in open source software development. Using the tool TESNA (TEchnical and Social Network Analysis) that we have developed; we cluster the software and produce a display of the different software clusters as well as the people
working on its constituting software classes. We then demonstrate the technique on a sample FLOSS project that is on the brink of becoming inactive.
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Additional information:Workshop is part of the International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2007
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