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From Ole Ersoy <>
Subject Re: [Request] A Interview Request from Syracuse University OSS Research Group
Date Wed, 25 Apr 2007 15:39:17 GMT
Hi Yeliz,

Sounds interesting.

I think this will be most useful
to the Apache Directory group
if the questions are asked
through the mailing list.

That way everyone gets a real time
reflection of thoughts about this.

I think your hypothesis is a good
one and a natural one.

When people work in teams it helps
a great deal if everyone uses similar
conventions and processes, so that when
tasks need to be transitioned, they can
be picked up by other team members
with minimum required effort.

I think the "Convention over Configuration"
principle captures the idea nicely.

So I'll be glad to answer questions on the mailing list.
If there are questions that must be asked in a non-public
forum, I'll be glad to answer those through regular email,
but I would need detailed justification for why they
need to be non-public.

Good luck!

- Ole

Yeliz Eseryel wrote:
> Hi Ole,
> We're trying to understand whether different people in the group have
> similar understandings about the project, its community, the rules and
> norms, etc.
> The hypothesis being "developers of successful projects have similar
> mental models"
> So we'll talk with different people, and then develop something called
> "cognitive maps" for each developer and then come up with the
> cognitive map of the whole team. It will actually be quite interesting
> for you guys to see as well.
> I also have another project in mind, that I was just talking to Alex
> about: that's about the roles of the team members.
> So the approach requires individual interviews I think, however, if
> people who cannot attend ApacheCon Europe email us, we can do
> interviews via skype or email, etc. Once we do the interviews, we can
> also do the discussion on the listserv :)
> Yeliz.
> On 4/25/07, Ole Ersoy <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Do you have some idea of what you are trying to
>> find?  Hypothesis?
>> One thing that you might want to consider is just
>> asking questions on the directory developer
>> or user group.  I'm assuming we are all
>> ok with this.  I think you'll get more meaningful
>> peer reviewed responses, and you'll get to witness
>> community dynamics in action :-)
>> Cheers,
>> - Ole
>> Qing Li wrote:
>> > Dear Directory developers,
>> >
>> > We are Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) research group in
>> > Syracuse University, USA. (Please see our website:
>> > ). I know most of you don?t know us, but we are actually ?part of
>> > Directory community? now (Quoted from Alex :- )) Last year, we had a
>> > great time talking with some of Directory developers-- including Alex,
>> > Emmanuel, Ersin, PAM--at ApacheCon Austin 2006. We're contacting you
>> > know because we would like to do an in-depth interview with the
>> > Directory developers.
>> >
>> > The main purpose of this interview is to examine the role of shared
>> > mental models (shared understanding) in work practices, i.e., the way
>> > people coordinate, communicate, learn and make decisions, and the way
>> > such models emerge within Directory team. In particular, the interview
>> > will be focused on five elements, namely the history of the project, 
>> the
>> > project aspects considered as peculiar, the adopted work practices and
>> > the way each team member perceives his/her role and the role played by
>> > other members.
>> >
>> > We have already mentioned our research to Alex. He is very 
>> supportive of
>> > it and asked us to post this request in the public developer list to
>> > attract extensive participation. The whole interview will take about
>> > 20-30 minutes and can be conducted by phone, Skype or face-to-face (for
>> > the developers attending ApacheCon Europe in Amsterdam). The results
>> > will be presented we hope at a future ApacheCon and in other academic
>> > conferences. We will be very appreciative of your kindness if you are
>> > willing to provide some time to attend our interview : -) . We?d 
>> like to
>> > share any interesting findings with your team after conducting the
>> > analysis.
>> >
>> > If you are interested in the research and willing to be interviewed,
>> > please contact us: Qing Li ( and Yeliz Eseryel
>> > ( We are very happy to provide more information 
>> for
>> > you.
>> >
>> > Cheers ! To great Directory!
>> > FLOSS Research Group ( )
>> > April 23, 2007
>> > Syracuse University, USA
>> >
>> >
>> >

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