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Issue No. 02 - Mar.-Apr. (2015 vol. 32)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 55-63
Martin Michlmayr , Hewlett-Packard
Brian Fitzgerald , Lero--The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Klaas-Jan Stol , Lero--The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
ABSTRACT
Traditional release strategies have problems that can be overcome by time-based release management. Interviews with key members of seven prominent volunteer-based open source projects reveal time-based release's advantages. The authors discuss release planning's importance, the numerous challenges that can result from a lack of such planning, and time-based releases' benefits. They also discuss how to adopt time-based release. An online supplement provides additional information on the projects and interview guide discussed in the article.

Supplement: Why and How Should Open Source Projects Adopt Time-Based Releases?
INDEX TERMS
Schedules, Continuous production, Software development, Project management, Software engineering, Computer bugs, Open source software
CITATION
Martin Michlmayr, Brian Fitzgerald, Klaas-Jan Stol, "Why and How Should Open Source Projects Adopt Time-Based Releases?", IEEE Software, vol. 32, no. , pp. 55-63, Mar.-Apr. 2015, doi:10.1109/MS.2015.34
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