Multimodal Modeling, Analysis, and Validation of Open Source Software Development Processes

Multimodal Modeling, Analysis, and Validation of Open Source Software Development Processes

Walt Scacchi (University of California, Irvine, USA), Chris Jensen (University of California, Irvine, USA), John Noll (Santa Clara University, USA) and Margaret Elliott (University of California, Irvine, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jitwe.2006070104
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Abstract

Understanding the context, structure, activities, and content of software development processes found in practice has been and remains a challenging problem. In the world of free/open source software development (F/OSSD), discovering and understanding what processes are used in particular projects is important in determining how they are similar to or different from those advocated by the software engineering community. Prior studies have revealed that development processes in F/OSSD projects are different in a number of ways. In this article, we describe how a variety of modeling perspectives and techniques are used to elicit, analyze, and validate software development processes found in F/OSSD projects, with examples drawn from studies of the software requirements process found in the NetBeans.org project.

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