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Tag: domidis spinellis
Global software development in the FreeBSD project
Source: Diomidis Spinellis
Added: 24 January 2007
Tags: freebsd, article, global software development, domidis spinellis
In NASSCOM Quality Summit 2006: Setting benchmarks in global outsourcing, Bangalore, India, September 2006. National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)., International Workshop on Global Software Development for the Practitioner, pages 73-79. ACM Press, May 2006, Linux Format, (11):60?63, September/October 2006. In Greek.
FreeBSD is a sophisticated operating system developed
and maintained as open-source software by a team
of more than 350 individuals located throughout the
world. This study uses developer location data, the
configuration management repository, and records
from the issue database to examine the extent of
global development and its effect on productivity,
quality, and developer cooperation. The key findings
are that global development allows round-the-clock
work, but there are some marked differences between
the type of work performed at different regions.
The effects of multiple dispersed developers on the
quality of code and productivity are negligible.
Mentoring appears to be sometimes associated with
developers living closer together, but ad-hoc
cooperation seems to work fine across continents.