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2008
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Latent social structure in open source projects

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Latent social structure in open source projects
Commercial software project managers design project organizational structure carefully, mindful of available skills, division of labour, geographical boundaries, etc. These organizational "cathedrals" are to be contrasted with the "bazaarlike" nature of Open Source Software (OSS) Projects, which have no pre-designed organizational structure. Any structure that exists is dynamic, self-organizing, latent, and usually not explicitly stated. Still, in large, complex, successful, OSS projects, we do expect that subcommunities will form spontaneously within the developer teams. Studying these subcommunities, and their behavior can shed light on how successful OSS projects self-organize. This phenomenon could well hold important lessons for how commercial software teams might be organized. Building on known well-established techniques for detecting community structure in complex networks, we extract and study latent subcommunities from the email social network of several ...
Christian Bird, David S. Pattison, Raissa M. D'Sou
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where SIGSOFT
Authors Christian Bird, David S. Pattison, Raissa M. D'Souza, Vladimir Filkov, Premkumar T. Devanbu
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