Emergent Decision-Making Practices in Free/Libre Open Source Software (Floss) Development Teams
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- Heckman R., Crowston K., Eseryel U.Y., Howison J., Allen E., Li Q. (2007) Emergent Decision-Making Practices in Free/Libre Open Source Software (Floss) Development Teams. In: Feller J., Fitzgerald B., Scacchi W., Sillitti A. (eds) Open Source Development, Adoption and Innovation. OSS 2007. IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing, vol 234. Springer, Boston, MA
We seek to identify work practices that make Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development teams effective. Particularly important to team effectiveness is decision making. In this paper, we report on an inductive qualitative analysis of 360 decision episodes of six FLOSS development teams. Our analysis revealed diversity in decision-making practices that seem to be related to differences in overall team characteristics and effectiveness.