The Five Stages of Open Source Volunteering

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Publication Details

Author(s): Riehle D
Editor(s): Li, Wei; Huhns, Michael N.; Tsai, Wei-Tek; Wu, Wen­jun
Title edited volumes: Crowdsourcing
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Publication year: 2015
Pages range: 25–38
Language: English


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 arti­cle, 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 chance of an open source project being suc­cess­ful.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Riehle, Dirk Prof. Dr.
Professur für Open Source Software

How to cite

Riehle, D. (2015). The Five Stages of Open Source Volunteering. In Li, Wei; Huhns, Michael N.; Tsai, Wei-Tek; Wu, Wen­jun (Eds.), Crowdsourcing. (pp. 25–38). Springer-Verlag.

Riehle, Dirk. "The Five Stages of Open Source Volunteering." Crowdsourcing. Ed. Li, Wei; Huhns, Michael N.; Tsai, Wei-Tek; Wu, Wen­jun, Springer-Verlag, 2015. 25–38.


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