A Two Phase Case Study on Implementation of Open Source Development Practices within a Company Setting

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Abstract

Implementation of open source development practices within commercial settings can bring benefits such as improved source code quality, lower maintenance costs, and increased innovation. However, a widespread in-house implementation of the practices has not been observed. The goal of this research is to understand factors which hinder the implementation. For the purpose, development practices of a large, global software and hardware organization that bases its products on open source software, and has over a decade long experience of contributing to various open source projects were studied. The results were validated through a set of structured interviews and a focus group meeting. It is found that the initial implementation of the process has not been carried out in a planned and systematic way within the company. The results of the follow-up focus group meeting show that while the company's practices acquired a higher degree of alignment over a two-year period, the change was necessitated by a need to have a more efficient development effort across new, globally distributed, development sites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2016)
Place of PublicationPittsburgh
PublisherKnowledge Systems Institute (KSI)
Pages63-70
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1-891706-39-X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1
EventInternational Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering - San Fransisco, United States
Duration: 2016 Jul 12016 Jul 3

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Fransisco
Period2016/07/012016/07/03

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Software Engineering

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