Community support for software development in small groups: The initial steps

Francesco Lelli, Mehdi Jazayeri

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Communities that support software artifacts are more and more becoming a key success factors for companies and organizations. Members of the community can provide early feedback, patches and support. Following this trend companies release a product under an Open Source license and then sell the support. This paper tries to engineer the process of forming a community around a software artifact in its early stages. We focus our attention in small software such as artifacts produced by small companies or research products where the development is usually carried out by a few developers with limited resources. We present a generic methodology for creating a community around a software project. Our approach has been defined, applied and evaluated in a case study coming from the research filed of distribute applications. Our Empirical results shows that a productive community can be formed in about 4 months and demonstrate the benefit of a reciprocal collaboration between researchers and members of the Open Source community.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Eventthe 2nd international workshop - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Duration: 24 Aug 200924 Aug 2009


Conferencethe 2nd international workshop


  • group dynamics
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • open source


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