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Student job: Literature research on open source governance

We are looking for a student worker to help with literature review research on open source governance in companies.

This is the ideal position for an IIS student to see if PhD level research is for you.

Job tasks:

  • Work with a PhD researcher to set up literature review framework
  • Read provided literature
  • Read research paper summaries
  • Search for additional literature
  • Analyze identified literature using qualitative data analysis (QDA)

Job prerequisites:

  • Be available for 15-19 hours per week
  • Very good knowledge of English language, especially written (knowledge of German not required)
  • Familiarity / knowledge of qualitative data analysis (QDA) strongly preferred
  • Students who have taken our Nailing Your Thesis (NYT) course will have a priority

To apply, please send to including the following:

  • sample of your writing, preferably a research sample that includes a literature review
  • resume (Lebenslauf) / CV
  • transcript of records

Final Thesis: A Theory of Industry Best Practices of FLOSS Governance and Compliance

Abstract: Using open source code in commercial software development is gaining more and more momentum during the recent years. While providing benefits along all three dimensions of the software development’s magic triangle of cost, time and scope, use of open source in commercial setting holds certain risks and challenges that can be addressed with FLOSS governance and compliance in the organization. However, the surveys show that about a half of the companies dealing with open source in their software development do not have any specific FLOSS governance procedures. The objective of this thesis is to develop a theory of FLOSS governance and compliance best practices in software development companies. The study uses case study research methodology applied to five German companies. The best practices are derived from the data collected during semi-structured interviews with the help of Qualitative Data Analysis. Key research findings are summarized and the full list of derived best practices in the form of best practice patterns is presented. The formulated best practices in the categories “Policies”, “Processes” and “People and Tools” can be used by software companies to leverage the advantages of using open source while mitigating the associated risks.

Keywords: Open source software, FLOSS, FOSS, proprietary software, FLOSS government, open source license compliance, software development management, case study, best practice

PDFs: Master Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Viktoriya Promyshlyanska. Theory of Industry Best Practices of FLOSS Governance and Compliance. Master Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2017.

Impressions from the TEAM workshop for the 2017 AMOS Projects

Today many AMOS students joined our TEAM workshop. They did some team building and had fun playing with Lego. Now good luck with all the AMOS projects! See today’s highlights below.

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Upcoming Industry Talk “Usability in Product Development – From the Idea to a Product Release” by Dipl. Ing (FH) Pablo Munoz Ibarra

We will host an industry talk on “Usability in Product Development” in PROD, our product management course. This talk is open to the public.

  • by: Dipl. Ing (FH) Pablo Munoz Ibarra (Lead of the Usability Team SIMATIC TIA Portal at Siemens AG Nürnberg)
  • about: Usability in Product Development – From the Idea to a Product Release
  • on: November 23rd, 2016, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: Room K1-119 – Brose-Saal, Erwin-Rommel-Straße 60, 91058 Erlangen
  • as part of: PROD

Abstract: The presentation will show the different phases from the first product idea, through the development until the product release. The presentation will also show many examples and real cases happened during the design of the Usability of a complex SW Product for the automation industry.

Speaker: Pablo Munoz Ibarra is the Lead of the Usability Team SIMATIC TIA Portal. He has been working on innovation of automation concepts and products for more than 25 years. As a Usability Manager in Product Management, he designs the User Experience of Siemens automation SW for PLC and HMI.