Who Will Remain? An Evaluation of Actual Person-Job and Person-Team Fit to Predict Developer Retention in FLOSS Projects

Faculty/Professorship: Information Systems and Services  
Author(s): Schilling, Andreas; Laumer, Sven ; Weitzel, Tim  
Editors: Sprague, Ralph H.
Title of the compilation: 2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences : (HICSS 2012) ; Maui, Hawaii, USA, 4 - 7 January 2012
Corporate Body: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences ; 45 (Maui, Hawaii) : 2012.01.04-07
Computer Society
Publisher Information: Piscataway, NJ : IEEE
Year of publication: 2012
Pages: 3446-3455
ISBN: 978-1-457-71925-7
Language(s): English
URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&ar...
Today businesses and private households worldwide rely on Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS). Most FLOSS-projects however are threatened in their existence due to a lack of sustained contributors. The early identification of developers who are likely to remain at the project is an eminent task for the management of FLOSS-initiatives. Previous research showed that the subjective judgment of individuals is often inaccurate emphasizing the need to objectively assess retention behavior. Consistent with the concepts Person-Job (P-J) and Person-Team (P-T) fit from recruitment literature, we derive objective measures to predict developer retention in FLOSS-projects. To evaluate our proposed measures we assess the retention of former Google Summer of Code (GSoC) students. The results show that students' prior level of project experience, expertise and communication intensity correlates strongly with their ongoing participation. Surprisingly, our analysis reveals that students with abilities that are underrepresented in the project do not remain considerably longer.
Type: Conferenceobject
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/1302
Year of publication: 6. May 2013