Coordination Implications of Software Coupling in Open Source Projects

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Abstract

The effect of software coupling on the quality of software has been studied quite widely since the seminal paper on software modularity by Parnas [1]. However, the effect of the increase in software coupling on the coordination of the developers has not been researched as much. In commercial software development environments there normally are coordination mechanisms in place to manage the coordination requirements due to software dependencies. But, in the case of Open Source software such coordination mechanisms are harder to implement, as the developers tend to rely solely on electronic means of communication. Hence, an understanding of the changing coordination requirements is essential to the management of an Open Source project. In this paper we study the effect of changes in software coupling on the coordination requirements in a case study of a popular Open Source project called JBoss.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Source Software: New Horizons
Subtitle of host publication6th International IFIP WG 2.13 Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2010, Notre Dame, IN, USA, May 30 – June 2, 2010. Proceedings
EditorsPär Ågerfalk, Cornelia Boldyreff, Jesús M. González-Barahona, Gregory R. Madey, John Noll
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Pages314-321
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-13244-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-13243-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2010
Event6th International IFIP WG 2.13 Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2010 - Notre Dame, United States
Duration: 29 May 20102 Jun 2010
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer
Volume319
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1861-2288

Conference

Conference6th International IFIP WG 2.13 Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2010
Abbreviated titleOSS
CountryUnited States
CityNotre Dame
Period29/05/102/06/10

Keywords

  • Software Coupling - Propagation Cost - Clustered Cost - Open Source - Coordination
  • IR-78227
  • METIS-269385

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    Amrit, C., & van Hillegersberg, J. (2010). Coordination Implications of Software Coupling in Open Source Projects. In P. Ågerfalk, C. Boldyreff, J. M. González-Barahona, G. R. Madey, & J. Noll (Eds.), Open Source Software: New Horizons: 6th International IFIP WG 2.13 Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2010, Notre Dame, IN, USA, May 30 – June 2, 2010. Proceedings (pp. 314-321). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 319). Heidelberg: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13244-5_25