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Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control? [closed]

It's not really a technical question, but there are several other questions here about source control and best practice. The company I work for (which will remain anonymous) uses a network share to ...
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Is there a way to combat Sales perpetually overcommitting? [closed]

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 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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Semantic versioning for desktop applications [duplicate]

I can easily follow the Semantic Versioning recommendations if I develop a library or API, but what if the developed product is a website or a desktop application? When would you increment a major ...
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Is it good practice to store software version numbers in VCS?

A product version, such as v1.0.0.100, represents not only a unique production release of software, but helps identify feature sets and hotfix stages for said product. Right now I see two ways to ...
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Should testers approve releases, or just report on tests?

Does it make sense to give signoff authority to testers? Should a test team Just test features, issues, etc, and simply report on a pass/fail basis, leaving it up to others to act on those results, ...
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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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Semantic versioning when fixing an important bug

I currently manage a library which has a lot of public usage, and I had a question about semantic versioning. I want to refactor one fairly important part of the library which is implemented ...
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How to do efficient code review during release fever?

The deadline for a release is tomorrow, your collegue finally finished his task that's crucial for this release, project manager is standing over your shoulder and presses you to finally make a build ...
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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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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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How do you keep released binaries under version control?

How do you keep released binaries under version control? This allows to track which stuffs are changed between each release. I mean to separate the released binaries from source repository. The ...
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package and version strategies in a multi repository environment

We are a small-ish firm with multiple teams who manage their own git repositories. This is a web platform and each team's artifacts are deployed at the end of the day for nightly tests. We are trying ...
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How do I avoid feature creep on a solo project?

So I have a program I'm worked on back in 2011 and all through 2012, but the last release was in December of 2011. I've been actively working on it, but feature creep lured its ugly head and now it is ...
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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 ...
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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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How can we only include ready-to-be-released features in our production releases every other week?

I'm a software developer on a fairly large agile team (we have eight developers actively making changes to a single code repository). Every two weeks, we push a new version of our software to ...
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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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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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Using Bit Torrent for internal release management

We currently abuse our version control system and use it... pretty much as an FTP to store big release binaries (4+ GB). We are seeking to move away from this horrendous practice which has and ...
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Dependency promotion strategies: siloed or orchestrated?

We have a lot of apps and web services (some public facing products, some internal and part of a private "backend") that are interdependent on one another. Each one of these components has 4 ...
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How do you handle versioning in a multi-sided project?

I know it's a broad question so I'll try to be as specific as possible. This question is more an "organisational" question than a technical one. We have a multi-sided project with these main ...
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Shorter release cycle with DVCS

Does the choice of using a DVCS over a CVCS actually make for shorter release cycles? If so, what makes software release cycles shorter and what are the arguments for this? Related to pull request? ...
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How to start a new major version of my application, but still keep the old version 'alive'

I have two applications, called A and B. The current version of these applciations are 7.x (some customers run 7.1, others run 7.2, ...). Both applications use a same common framework (let's call ...
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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 "processes"...
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What is the difference between software deployment and software release?

I am coming more from the web development angle. We build a module, test it and then deploy it. Some people call this last step (deploy) as 'release'. What's the difference? or are they the same ...
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Release strategy for multiple Git feature branches being tested simultaneously

We have three environments: Dev, UAT and Prod. We use TFS to schedule releases of our master branch into Dev for our internal verification, then UAT for business verification, and of course finally to ...
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Mercurial release management. Rejecting changes that fail testing

Researching distributed source control management (specifically mercurial). My question is more or less what is the best practice for rejecting entire sets of code that fail testing? Example: A team ...
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Should release branches ever be merged to master

My team is using the Git Stable Mainline branching model and we are about to create the first release branch. From what I have read so far, it sounds like release branches are siloed from the master ...
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How to use Git Flow with multiple dependant projects

We are trying to work through an effective branching strategy for our organization so releases, versioning and such are all handled consistently. We have many C#-based solutions, each with anywhere ...
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What's the best way to track web application deployments in analytics?

I'm close to opening up access to a web application that I've built, and I wanted to make sure that I can link updates to the app to errors, or other changes in analytics data. My first thought was to ...
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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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How should we draw the release burndown chart?

I have been in various Agile projects and seen many release burndown chart styles. Most of them were handled manually since somehow all the tools that I have run across don't produce really useful ...
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How to stop UAT/QA/Test services being used in a production environment

Some background: I develop web services for internal departments of a large organisation that are used in public facing websites. There is a geographic differences between myself and my colleagues in ...
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How can rotating release managers improve a project's velocity and stability?

The Wikipedia article on Parrot VM includes this unreferenced claim: Core committers take turns producing releases in a revolving schedule, where no single committer is responsible for multiple ...
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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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Incrementing version - During development? or after release?

I have what I believe is a largely subjective question, but I'm interested in how people handle the situation described below. There are many similar questions on programmer stack exchange but none ...
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Where do the responsibilities of build tools end and those of CI tools start? [duplicate]

In the delivery of software, and within the sense of the deployment pipeline, where do the responsibilities of build tools, like Maven, end, and the responsibilities of CI start? As a rough example ...
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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: http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/06/firefox-5-released-arrives-only-three-...
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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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gitflow model with UAT releases is too chaotic, how to simplify?

At $DAYJOB, we have the following release/delivery pipeline: Get new features, work on new features. Once all features are completed, our own QA performs regressions, etc. QA signs off on first UAT ...
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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 I'...
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How can I effectively manage long-term feature development and short-term bug fixing at the same time?

We have a huge C, and C++ code base. There is a plan to add a new feature into the existing system, but, this should happen only after 3 to 4 months. So, we are looking for best possible options. ...
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How to deal with a project with long intervals between new development?

I have multiple projects that I am involved in, and for one of those I have worked for 2 years and delivered a piece of software that is being used in production at customer site. Everything went ...
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Is it mandatory to run integration tests when deploying feature branches to QA machines

In our organaziton to make the testing process a QA can start the QA process by deploying a feature branch to a QA machine. My question is that while doing so should the build process include running ...
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How to do Continuous Integration when separate development branches have different production deployment dates?

Let's say you have three development branches going at once (dev 1, dev 2, dev 3), each branch working on different features for a given software product. If I understand continuous integration ...
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Quality Assurance (Testing) in Scrum

I just had a Release Retrospective for my scrum team. We talked a lot about our release process. I pointed out that because our company is not able to tolerate bugs in our production environment ...
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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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Git branches: Merging issues while having multiple release branches

We have to support multiple releases, so we are following git branching model similar to the above diagram. Now the problem is that we have to do lots of merging here example for fix/011, we are ...
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Semantic versioning with bugfixes and new features in the same release

After reading a lot about semantic versioning I got a basic understanding of the concept but I'm not sure what's the best way to increment the version number in the following case: Let's pretend that ...