Onboarding in Open Source Software Projects: A Preliminary Analysis

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Fagerholm , F , Johnson , P , Sanchez Guinea , A , Borenstein , J & Münch , J 2013 , Onboarding in Open Source Software Projects: A Preliminary Analysis . in 8th International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2013) : Compendium Proceedings (VirtuES Workshop) . IEEE , pp. 5-10 , Global Software Engineering Workshops , Bari , Italy , 26/08/2013 . https://doi.org/10.1109/ICGSEW.2013.8

Title: Onboarding in Open Source Software Projects: A Preliminary Analysis
Author: Fagerholm, Fabian; Johnson, Patrik; Sanchez Guinea, Alejandro; Borenstein, Jay; Münch, Jürgen
Contributor organization: Department of Computer Science
Empirical Software Engineering research group
Publisher: IEEE
Date: 2013-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: 8th International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2013)
ISBN: 978-0-7695-5055-8
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICGSEW.2013.8
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/42765
Abstract: Nowadays, many software projects are partially or completely open-source based. There is an increasing need for companies to participate in open-source software (OSS) projects, e.g., in order to benefit from open source ecosystems. OSS projects introduce particular challenges that have to be understood in order to gain the benefits. One such challenge is getting newcom- ers onboard into the projects effectively. Similar challenges may be present in other self-organised, virtual team environments. In this paper we present preliminary observations and results of in-progress research that studies the process of onboarding into virtual OSS teams. The study is based on a program created and conceived at Stanford University in conjunction with Facebook’s Education Modernization program. It involves the collaboration of more than a dozen international universities and nine open source projects. More than 120 students participated in 2013. The students have been introduced to and supported by mentors experienced in the participating OSS projects. Our findings indicate that mentoring is an important factor for effective onboarding in OSS projects, promoting cohesion within distributed teams and maintaining an appropriate pace.
Subject: 113 Computer and information sciences
open source software
open source software projects
virtual team
global software development
distributed software development
Case study
software project management
empirical software engineering
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion

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