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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOpen Source Development, Adoption and Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP Working Group 2.13 on Open Source Software, June 11-14, 2007, Limerick, Ireland
EditorsJoseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Walt Scacchi, Alberto Sillitti
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1571-5736


  • Decision making practices
  • Free/libre open source software development teams
  • OSS
  • team effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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