dc8 - 1.1

Super Cow Powers Included

martin f. krafft
Day DebConf day 1 (2008-08-10)
Room Salon del mar
Start time 16:00
Duration 01:00
ID 232
Event type lecture
Track DebConf
Language en

Method diffusion in large volunteer projects

Report on research in progress

This presentation is about ongoing research on innovation diffusion in the Debian project. The goal is to determine the conditions under which volunteers adopt new approaches to everyday challenges and order them into a framework, which can be used prescriptively to help improve the diffusion of certain tools and foster the competition among contenders.

The Debian project is a very complex social system, and its volunteer nature and associated inertia can have quite a dampening effect on the adoption of innovative techniques aiming to improve cooperation and increase efficiency. However, Debian is not the only project confronted by such issues; studies of how to diffuse novel methods into existing, complex social systems are numerous and diverse. The study looks at past diffusions within Debian and other projects in an attempt to provide a prescriptive framework to guide future diffusions and increase their success.