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Choosing the right branching strategy for releases

Starting with a new dev team on a new project and we have to define our Branching strategy for our source repository (e.g. Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010). We've run into a sticky discussion ...
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What is a realistic way to handle customer-specific software patches?

I'm trying to gather effective ways that others have solved the following problem. At work we've been forced to release a software patch (to be installed on end-user systems) that we only want ...
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Benefits of rapid release development cycle adopted by the Mozilla Foundation

Which the real benefits of rapid release development cycle adopted by the Mozilla Foundation in comparison with the strategy adopted previously?
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How do I create a potential shippable product (PSP) at the end of a sprint?

I'm running a team of 4 developers and 2 testers and trying to abide by the Scrum principle of creating a PSP with every sprint. That means I need to create a potential release with all the user ...
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How should semi-agile team operate during management-imposed waterfall-like “testing phase”

I'm not looking for advice how agile process should work. I know that part. I'm curious what the best way to adapt the process to a typical large, well-established corporation who loves its ...
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Should developers do their own software releases (if there is a prod support team in place)?

I know there are going to always be differences depending on the particular size, staff etc, but i wanted to get feedback in general around: In an environment where you have a production support team ...
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What's the best way to acknowledge many FOSS sources in a single project?

I have a project which uses a large number of LGPL, Artistic and other open-source licensed libraries. What's the canonical (i.e. the "standard") way of acknowledging multiple sources in a single ...
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A simple ways to improve the release quality in RAD environment

A bit of a background here - we are a small team (of 5) of RAD developers responsible for internal software development in a big non-software company. "Internal software" varies from a desktop .NET ...
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Is there a way to combat Sales perpetually overcommitting?

I seem to be repeatedly stuck in a situation where release dates are set not based on anything technical, but because someone in Sales has committed to a customer by then. Based on discussions with ...
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How often to release in Scrum sprint

How often to you release during a sprint. Only at the end of the sprint or every time a feature is ready. And how to you handle bugfix releases?
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How do you put different versions of your library under version control? Do you use tags? Or branches? Or another method?

I have recently started putting my code under version control (in the lab I'm working, under SVN, and my own codes in github (obviously with git)). Before using version control, I used to do something ...
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Release Planning in Agile/Extreme Programming

I've been studying couple of books of how to exactly implement agile. I am confused about release planning. Our application is a Insurance System consisting of different modules (Quoting, Policy ...
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Scrum, is there a Critical Path for release planning?

Mike Cohn in Agile Estimating and Planning, page 154, defines a "natural order" for implementing user stories - this, according to him, is a intuitive sequence that makes sense to both developers and ...
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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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Which tool to use for creating application releases?

I'm wondering what others use as a tool for creating the final package to hand over to the customer. For now, these are the tasks it should perform for our company: build a set of VS projects ...
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What is a good Planned Release/Freeze/Beta Methodology?

I've been working on a nightmare of a project for some months now. The product is a small Ruby on Rails app/website for internal use by a small group of people. I'm coming up to the finish line 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 do you update live web sites with code changes?

I know this is a very basic question. If someone could humor me and tell me how they would handle this, I'd be greatful. I decided to post this because I am about to install SynchToy to remedy the ...
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Infamous failure due to the lack of release process? [closed]

With my fellow engineers we are putting in place a release process in a team that formerly was made only of biologists. I am going to make a presentation to explain the process to them and explain ...
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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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Best practices for launching a new software version

I rebuilt a web app to replace a version that we have been using for the last 3-4 years. We have a few thousand clients and a few hundred active users per day. The functionality is basically the same. ...
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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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Separating Data and Implementation

I'm working on a project that has frequent changes on the database and the implementation layers. I was releasing both the code and the database under the same release version, but since the database ...
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Delivery terminology and order of magnitude

What is the standard way of describing how software products are released and the proportionate order of magnitude to which the changes relative to the software product are conveyed? Is Release ...
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One-week release cycle: how do I make this feasible?

At my company (3-yr-old web industry startup), we have frequent problems with the product team saying "aaaah this is a crisis patch it now!" (doesn't everybody?) This has an impact on the ...