Introducing Agile Product Owners in a FLOSS Project

  • Matthias MüllerEmail author
  • Christian Schindler
  • Wolfgang Slany
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 556)


Sponsored Open Source Software projects, driven by various actors, have to balance the needs of volunteer contributors and business objectives. This work presents Catrobat, a FLOSS project established at Graz University of Technology, and how it introduced agile product owners. Product owners communicate the product vision, provide a general direction, decide about features, and prioritize requirements that are implemented by the community, i.e., they are ultimately responsible for the product. This agile approach is intended to ensure a certain outcome, such as business objectives, but also to react to the needs of community members and users on a short-term basis. This paper presents how therefore this role has been defined and the processes have been adapted.


FLOSS Open Source Software Agile Software Development Sponsored Open Source Communities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Müller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Schindler
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Slany
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Software TechnologyGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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