A case study of a corporate open source development model

TitleA case study of a corporate open source development model
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGurbani, VK, Garvert, A, Herbsleb, JD
Secondary TitleProceedings of the 28th international conference on Software engineering
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number1-59593-375-1
Keywordsarchitecture, case study, open source, session initiation protocol, software development, vkg

Open source practices and tools have proven to be highly effective for overcoming the many problems of geographically distributed software development. We know relatively little, however, about the range of settings in which they work. In particular, can corporations use the open source development model effectively for software projects inside the corporate domain? Or are these tools and practices incompatible with development environments, management practices, and market-driven schedule and feature decisions typical of a commercial software house? We present a case study of open source software development methodology adopted by a significant commercial software project in the telecommunications domain. We extract a number of lessons learned from the experience, and identify open research questions.

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