Shared mental models among open source software developers

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Conference Proceedings

Source:

Proceedings of the 41st Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Big Island, Hawai'i, 7-10 January (2008)

Abstract:

Shared understandings are important for software development as they guide to effective individual contributions to, and coordination of, the software development process. In this paper, we present the results of a preliminary analysis on shared mental models within Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development teams. Based on structuration theory and by adopting cognitive mapping and process analysis, we represented and com-pared the mental models of some developers of the Lucene Java project. Our analysis suggests that there is a high-level of sharing among core developers but the shar-ing is not complete, with some differences related to ten-ure in the project.

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