Effective work practices for software engineering

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


Proceedings of the 2004 ACM workshop on Interdisciplinary software engineering research (WISER '04), ACM Press, Newport Beach, CA, USA, p.18 (2004)






We review the literature on Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development and on software development, distributed work and teams more generally to develop a theoretical model to explain the performance of FLOSS teams. The proposed model is based on Hackman’s [34] model of
effectiveness of work teams, with coordination theory [52] and collective mind [79] to extend Hackman’s model by elaborating team practices relevant to effectiveness in software development. We propose a set of propositions to guide further research.


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