Combining FOSS and Kanban: An Action Research

TitleCombining FOSS and Kanban: An Action Research
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHarzl, Annemarie
Secondary AuthorsCrowston, Kevin, Hammouda Imed, Lundell Björn, Robles Gregorio, Gamalielsson Jonas, and Lindman Juho
Secondary TitleOpen Source Systems: Integrating Communities: 12th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference, OSS 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 30 - June 2, 2016, Proceedings
ChapterCombining FOSS and Kanban: An Action Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Place PublishedCham
ISBN Number978-3-319-39225-7

Even though Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Agile Software Development (ASD) have been recognized as important ways to develop software, share some similarities, and have many success stories, there is a lack of research regarding the comprehensive integration of both practices. This study attempts to consolidate these methods and to answer if FOSS and ASD can be combined successfully. Action Reseach (AR) is conducted with one sub-team of a large FOSS project. We performed two action research cycles based on the Kanban method. This paper has two main contributions; first, it describes a real world situation, where Kanban is applied to a FOSS project, and second, it suggests two new Kanban practices. These two methods are targeted specifically at FOSS projects and their characteristics.