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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

M. Michlmayr, B. Fitzgerald and K. Stol, "Why and How Should Open Source Projects Adopt Time-Based Releases?," in IEEE Software, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 55-63, 2015.
doi:10.1109/MS.2015.34
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