Onboarding in open source projects

Fabian Fagerholm*, Alejandro Sanchez Guinea, Jay Borenstein, Jurgen Munch

*Corresponding author for this work

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In today's world, many companies turn to open source projects as a method to increase productivity and innovation. A major challenge with managing this kind of development is the onboarding of new developers into the virtual teams that drive such projects. There's little guidance on how to initiate new members into such teams and how to overcome the learning curve. This case study on open source software projects shows that mentoring can have a significant impact on onboarding new members into virtual software development teams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6879055
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Software
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • case study
  • distributed software development
  • global software development
  • mentoring
  • onboarding
  • open source software projects
  • software engineering
  • virtual teams


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