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The distributed open source software development model: observations on communication, coordination and control

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Show simple item record Lundell, Bjorn Lings, Brian Agerfalk, Par J. Fitzgerald, Brian 2012-05-18T15:26:38Z 2012-05-18T15:26:38Z 2006
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract There are many reasons why an organisation should consider adopting distributed development of software systems and applications, including access to a larger labour pool and a broader skills base, cost advantages, and round the clock working. However, distributed development presents many challenges stemming from the complexity of maintaining good communication, coordination and control when teams are dispersed in time (e.g. across time zones) and space, as well as socio-culturally. The open source software (OSS) development model is distributed by nature, and many OSS developments are considered success stories. The question therefore arises of whether traditional distributed development models can be improved by transfer of successful practice from OSS development models. In this paper we compare OSS with traditional distributed development models using a framework-based analysis of the extant literature. From our analysis we find that the advantages of temporal and geographical distance dominate in OSS, rather than their associated problems. Further, socio-cultural distance is lowered by active developer selection. However, there is a challenge to satisfying project goals when personal goals dominate. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 14th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2006);
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.subject industrial open source en_US
dc.subject open source development en_US
dc.subject development models en_US
dc.subject global software development en_US
dc.subject distributed development en_US
dc.title The distributed open source software development model: observations on communication, coordination and control en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor European Commission en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid FP6 Co-ordinated action project 004337 en_US
dc.relation.projectid B4-STEP en_US

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