Implicit Coordination: A Case Study of the Rails OSS Project

  • Kelly BlincoeEmail author
  • Daniela Damian
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 451)


Previous studies on coordination in OSS projects have studied explicit communication. Research has theorized on the existence of coordination without direct communication or implicit coordination in OSS projects, suggesting that it contributes to their success. However, due to the intangible nature of implicit coordination, no studies have confirmed these theories. We describe how implicit coordination can now be measured in modern collaborative development environments. Through a case study of a popular OSS GitHub-hosted project, we report on how and why features that support implicit coordination are used.


Survey Respondent Open Source Software Open Source Software Project Explicit Communication Pull Request 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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