The Five Stages of Open Source Volunteering

This technical report was superseded by a republication by Springer Verlag. Please cite and use the later publication.

Abstract: Today’s software systems build on open source software. Thus, we need to understand how to successfully create, nurture, and mature the software development communities of these open source projects. In this report, we review and discuss best practices of the open source volunteering and recruitment process that successful project leaders are using to lead their projects to success. We combine the perspective of the volunteer, looking at a project, with the perspective of a project leader, looking to find additional volunteers for the project. We identify a five-stage process consisting of a connecting, understanding, engaging, performing, and leading stage. The underlying best practices, when applied, significantly increase the chances for a successful open source project.

Keywords: Open source software, open source communities, volunteering process

Reference: Dirk Riehle. The Five Stages of Open Source Volunteering. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Dept. of Computer Science, Technical Reports, CS-2014-01, March 2014.

The report is available as a PDF file, on FAU’s OPUS, and as HTML.

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