Emergent Decision-Making Practices in Free/Libre Open Source Software (Floss) Development Teams

  • Robert Heckman
  • Kevin Crowston
  • U. Yeliz Eseryel
  • James Howison
  • Eileen Allen
  • Qing Li
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 234)

Abstract

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.

Key words

Decision making practices free/libre open source software development teams team effectiveness FLOSS OSS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Heckman
    • 1
  • Kevin Crowston
    • 1
  • U. Yeliz Eseryel
    • 1
  • James Howison
    • 1
  • Eileen Allen
    • 1
  • Qing Li
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information StudiesSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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