Leading successful government-academia collaborations using FLOSS and agile values

Melissa Wen, Rodrigo Siqueira, Nelson Lago, Diego Camarinha, Antonio Terceiro, Fabio Kon, Paulo Meirelles
Journal of Systems and Software - Available online 11 February 2020 (110548)

Government and academia share concerns for efficiently and effectively servicing societal demands, which includes the development of e-government software. Government-academia partnerships can be a valuable approach for improving productivity in achieving these goals. However, governmental and academic institutions tend to have very different agendas and organizational and managerial structures, which can hinder the success of such collaborative projects. In order to identify effective approaches to overcome collaboration barriers, we systematically studied the case of the Brazilian Public Software portal project, a 30-month government-academia collaboration that, using Free/Libre/Open Source Software practices and agile methods for project management, developed an unprecedented platform in the context of the Brazilian government. We gathered information from experience reports and data collection from repositories and interviews to derive a collection of practices that contributed to the success of the collaboration. In this paper, we describe how the data analysis led to the identification of a set of three high-level decisions supported by the adoption of nine best practices that improved the project performance and enabled professional training of the whole team.

bibtex
@article{WEN2020110548,
title = "Leading successful government-academia collaborations using {FLOSS} and agile values",
journal = "Journal of Systems and Software",
year = "2020",
pages = "110548",
month = jun,
volume = "164",
issn = "0164-1212",
doi = "10.1016/j.jss.2020.110548",
url = "www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0164121220300303",
author = "Melissa Wen and Rodrigo Siqueira and Nelson Lago and Diego Camarinha and Antonio Terceiro and Fabio Kon and Paulo Meirelles",
keywords = "Project Management, Government-Academia Collaboration, Free Software, Open Source Software, Agile Methodologies, e-Government",
abstract = "Government and academia share concerns for efficiently and effectively servicing societal demands, which includes the development of e-government software. Government-academia partnerships can be a valuable approach for improving productivity in achieving these goals. However, governmental and academic institutions tend to have very different agendas and organizational and managerial structures, which can hinder the success of such collaborative projects. In order to identify effective approaches to overcome collaboration barriers, we systematically studied the case of the Brazilian Public Software portal project, a 30-month government-academia collaboration that, using Free/Libre/Open Source Software practices and agile methods for project management, developed an unprecedented platform in the context of the Brazilian government. We gathered information from experience reports and data collection from repositories and interviews to derive a collection of practices that contributed to the success of the collaboration. In this paper, we describe how the data analysis led to the identification of a set of three high-level decisions supported by the adoption of nine best practices that improved the project performance and enabled professional training of the whole team."
}