Disruptions to open source software platforms can occur for various reasons such as natural disasters, cyber-attacks etc., that are beyond the control of open source workers. As open source work relies primarily on voluntary contributions, any type of disruptions to the work routines of open source workers can lead to loss of productivity and cause delays in software production and releases. Currently, we do not have sufficient understanding about worker resilience or the effects of disruption on open source development. To understand the effects of disruption, data has been collected on open source production activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, an exemplar event, from January 1st 2020 to 7th April, 2020 from two different locations that had different lockdown policies. The results highlight the importance of disruptions in open source production environments and project management practises during crisis situations.
Thummadi, Dr. Babu Veeresh, "Disruptions in Open Source Platforms: A Natural Experiment with COVID-19 Pandemic" (2020). International Research Workshop on IT Project Management 2020. 2.