Chapter 6

Evolve II: A Systematic Method for Planning Product Releases

6.1 Introduction

Product release planning is hard to do: It is hard to formulate, and once formulated, hard to solve. Many aspects influence the judgment of what constitutes a “good” release plan. Some of these aspects can be well defined, others are difficult to describe. The overall size of the decision problem becomes visible for a small problem with 20 features and looking three releases ahead of time. In this case, more than 1012 release plan possibilities exist. Intuition alone is insufficient to handle this type of complexity. Instead, a systematic method is needed combining computational strength with the creativity of the human experts to design release plans ...

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