Open source software development process model : A grounded theory approach

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-120
Journal / PublicationJournal of Global Information Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


The global open source movement has provided software users with more choices, lower software acquisition cost, more flexible software customization, and possibly higher quality software product. Although the development of open source software is dynamic and it encourages innovations, the process can be chaotic and involve members around the globe. An Open Source Software Development (OSSD) process model to enhance the survivability of OSSD projects is needed. This research uses the grounded theory approach to derive a Phase-Role-Skill-Responsibility (PRSR) OSSD process model. The three OSSD process phases - Launch Stage, Before the First Release, and Between Releases - address the characteristics of the OSSD process as well as factors that influence the OSSD process. In the PRSR model, different roles/actors are required to have different skills and responsibilities corresponding to each of the three OSSD process phases. This qualitative research contributes to the software development literature as well as open source practice. Copyright © 2013, IGI Global.

Research Area(s)

  • Global team, Grounded Theory, Open Source Software Development (OSSD), Software development process model, Virtual collaboration

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