[linux-elitists] Has IBM patented Web Managed SW Development?

Willy Smith willy@LinuxGazette.com
Mon Jan 26 13:26:41 PST 2004

US Patent #6,658,642 
Megiddo ,   et al. 
December 2, 2003 
System, method and program product for software development 

A system, method and program product for computer program development. A new 
computer program to be developed is outlined and the outline organized to 
identify required modules. Required modules are provided to the system, which 
categorizes them and posts a list of required modules with corresponding 
requirements on, for example, a dedicated web site. Module requirements may 
include module specifications, a corresponding price and a deadline. Software 
developers intending to participate may provide an intention to submit. If 
fewer than two developers intend to submit module candidates for one or more 
required modules, the computer program outline may be reorganized to 
encourage more participants. For each required module where at least two 
module candidates are received, the candidates are tested for compliance with 
corresponding module requirements. A module candidate is selected for each 
required module for inclusion as a module included in the software package 
and payment is transferred to developers of the selected module candidates. 
The selected module, candidates may be included in the computer program and 
the computer program may be tested. 


Why is IBM doing this?

Willy Smith
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