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Estimated work remaining doesn't get lower [duplicate]

I'm working as a developer / architect on a software project. The project manager decided not to follow the Agile principles, but to rather have an Excel sheet with all the feature requests and their ...
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Formulate release notes consistently

In my project, I came across understanding that writing release notes is both helpful and necessary. However, it is not required by my management and I keep these files virtually to myself. You could ...
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Branching strategy for frequent releases [duplicate]

We have very frequent releases and we use Git for version control. When i am mentioning about frequency, please assume it to include bug-fixes and feature release too. All releases are eventually ...
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Does the method of adjustment matter, or just the final calibration?

A company produces software (and hardware) that is used to both perform automatic adjustments on electronic test equipment as well as perform calibrations of the same equipment. The results of the ...
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Source code “prints” at release

Is there a best practice for how to document the source code you're releasing? Currently, we have a table of the versions of the software, what SVN tag it's labeled as, what SVN rev that tag was ...
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In which cases build artifacts will be different in different environments

We are working on automation of deployment using Jenkins. We have different environments - DEV, UAT, PROD. In SVN, we are tagging each release and placing same binaries in DEV, UAT, PROD. The ...
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The emperor's new code, or: how to communicate code efficiencies [closed]

So you've made some code changes that should hopefully speed up some part of an application. But there is just one problem - you don't know how it will perform in live. Different networks, different ...
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how to convince team and project manager that post-launch deployments are okay for new features

We have a site that launched and is "feature-complete", we've done all that the client has asked for and fixed a few bugs post-launch. However, I noticed that our site's home page is using 100 SQL ...
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Jenkins Paramerized Trigger + Copy Artifact

I'm working on setting up Jenkins to handle our release builds. A release build consists of a Windows installer that includes some binaries that must be built on Linux. Here's what I have so far: ...
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Releasing Mobile Application under multiple platforms, same time or?

I've always had this idea circling around until I am facing this issue. We made an android app, it is ready, but we are planning to release the same app on iOS and possibly Windows Phone; Now, ...
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Good Practices of writing release notes

At the delivery of every version of software we have to write a release note. For example, here are some of the terms I add when I write a release note: Release Date Bug Solved Is that enough, or ...
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How do I go from “here's the zip” to a good release strategy?

I can write code, resolve dependencies, and get my program to run on my computer; I have no idea where to go from here though. How do I get the software ready for distribution? The school ...
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What is your strategy for converting RC builds into retail?

We're trying to implement a strategy for how we transition our builds from RC to released retail code. When we label a build as a release candidate, we send it to QA for regression. If they approve ...
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How can I advocate a semi-strict release schedule in a risk-averse environment?

Recently I've been increasingly plagued by what I would have to describe as one of my most frustrating and morale-killing experiences in this profession: Having to sit on a release that has been ...
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Alternatives to pulling updates off the website

So, I think it look pretty bad when you release an update and pull it off the web. I'm pretty sure this has happened for at least two of the the last three Delphi XE2 updates. I'm not complaining ...
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What is the best way to generate an accurate release changelog?

I'm working on some projects where I'd like to supply an accurate changelog with each release, but I haven't found a method for collecting the changelog that would work without hassle. The problem is ...
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Questions about releasing an application that has been built on an IDE on an educational license

If an application is made during education using an IDE that had an Educational License (provided by the institute), and later the developers decide to release it in the market as a product: Is it ...
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Robust way to keep records of software releases?

We release a number of small plug-ins that go along with our software. Each plug-in allows our software to talk to a single manufactuer's hardware. I would like to devise a system for keeping track ...
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General checklist before releasing software [closed]

I'm currently building a tool that my company intends to sell. I'm the sole developer on the project and it is being developed outside our normal code base and to a certain extent outside our normal ...
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When to release a lite version of an iOS app?

I have created an iPhone application and I have submitted it to Apple and it is currently waiting for review and I have been debating with myself for the past half an hour if I should release a lite ...
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centralized hosted application framework or “private copies” for each program?

We have a centralised business application framework, and it contains all our business logic and provides access to all our back-end systems. It is accessed by a number of different programs and ...
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Should the build drive your tags or should the tags drive the build?

Our current method of creating a product release is to tag all of our component repositories with the next appropriate version and then modify a master build script with these new version numbers for ...
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How detailed should public release notes be?

When releasing a software update, how detailed should the notes be? Specifically, how detailed should bug fixes be?
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What is Mozilla's new release management strategy?

I saw today that FireFox released a new version (5). I tried reading about what was added and ran into this link: ...
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How to release a mobile app successfully?

This includes everything that contributes to the success of the app and is non-programming. Some points to consider: How do you make people notice your app when there are hundreds released every ...
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Should you ever release something that you yourself could hack?

Being the creator of a program, you are probably in a better position than anyone to be aware of security vulnerabilities and potential hacks. If you know of a vulnerability in a system you wrote, is ...
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How to apologize when you have broken the nightly build

My first commit in my project resulted in the nightly build being broken and people are all over me as we are nearing the release. I want to send an apology email that should sound sincere and at the ...
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SOA Release management strategy

Currently I have been asked to propose an automated release management solution for a large oracle SOA project. All code is stored on SVN repository and it would be nice if I could suggest something ...
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How to manage database schema changes in open source project releases

I manage an open source PHP/MySQL web application used by a few K-12 schools and some colleges. I'm also the project's only developer. While it used to be little more than a source download of an ...
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Why does Ubuntu have a 6-month release cycle?

Why has Ubuntu committed to a 6-month release cycle? Why should it have a fixed cycle at all? Doesn't that go against the "if it ain't broken don't fix it" saying?
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Is 'Aurora' a good release paradigm?

As we all know, there is 'alpha', and 'beta' release status. Mozilla Firefox, however, labels its releases differently: 'nightly', 'aurora', 'beta'. Is this an example to follow? Is aurora the new ...
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What do you do when there is a last minute request to exclude a feature from a release?

There is a feature that has already passed acceptance testing, both internally and by the customer. It is a fully working feature. However, there is now a request to exclude this feature from an ...
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1answer
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How do I go about releasing my application as open source?

I have created my own forum on ASP.NET MVC 3 and Razor. It's a decent forum with, say, version 1 functionality. I plan to work on other features as well after my release of this version. 1) What ...
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Can you recommend a good release notes template?

I am looking for a good release notes template. Possibly in a plain text or HTML form. What do you guy use? EDIT: I forgot to mention that these notes will be used internally in our company for other ...
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Best practices for cloning bugs

I'm trying to think of a nice and easy way to do this, but I thought I'd run it past some people for a second opinion: Say you've got 8 clients (one project for each customer) and each project ...
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Branching and versioning strategy for shared libraries

These posts seem related, but my brain is starting to melt, trying to think this through :P My employer has just started using source control, primarily because before they hired more developers, the ...
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iPhone App Store Release Question

I am developing an Application its purpose to view uploaded files on the host server, and it has a credentials that will be entered on the Login Page to authenticate the user. When I post my ...
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How do you manage frequent software releases to multiple clients? [closed]

we have a cross-platform middleware product which we typically end up customizing/bug fixing on a per client basis. In some cases, providing updates as often as once/twice per week. We have a lot of ...
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Release build vs nightly build

A typical solution is to have a CI (Continuous Integration) build running on a build server: It will analyze the source code, make build (in debug) and run tests, measure test coverage, etc. Now, ...
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How to share code as open source?

I have a little program that I wrote for a local group to handle a somewhat complicated scheduling issue for scheduling multiple meetings in multiple locations that change weekly according to certain ...
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Geographically limited / gradual release process

I am looking for more information on a gradual release process - that is when you release new version of a software only to certain set of end users, mostly geographically limited (or limited by a ...
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When should I release/announce my open source library?

I am developing python library for database inspection. When is good time to announce/release it? Obvious answer is that when it's ready to be used. But I would like to get some feedback on the API, ...
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Release/Change management - best aproach

I asked this question an year ago in StackOverflow and never got a good answer. Since Programmers seems to be a better place to ask it, I'll give it a try... What is the better way to work with ...
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How do big companies of software developers check for bugs in their programs?

I was wondering how big companies of software developers check for bugs in their programs. Do they just test it on several computers?
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How to open-source a project whose git repository has copyrighted media in the history?

I want to release an audio fingerprinting software project under a free license, but the repository contains copyrighted audio files. The test cases also currently use these files. How do I release ...
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Dependent on CVS tagging for automated builds

My current work relies on using tags in CVS for an automated build process (ANT currently) to build for respective environments (development, QA, production). From our research, neither Git or ...
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Release cycle as a game

I thinking about how increase developer's commitment to release and create release cycle as a game for more fun in office. Current suggestions Building tower from bricks Climbing on some ...
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How to support a product built with agile development?

Two of the functions our company provides our customers are: Our Development team of ~10 employees creates software products for businesses in a particular industry. The software is used on hundreds ...
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When is the time right to bring a project to the alpha/beta/public phase?

When should a project be released to alpha, beta and to the public? Is it a good idea to extend the alpha and beta phases when it is needed? When in a later phase (eg. beta), is it wise to go back ...