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Why the Eclipse Way Works So Well

Jun 28, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Many enterprise development teams often struggle with releasing software projects on time. That doesn't seem to be the case with the multi-vendor open source Eclipse Foundation, which for the last seven years has consistently shipped releases from multiple projects on time.

"This week, Eclipse Helios shipped with 39 projects in what is known as the Eclipse release train. How does Eclipse manage to organize so many projects and year-after-year hit their release targets? What's the secret?

"The Eclipse way for ensuring its trains arrive on time involves a series of best practices, agility and some organizational governance that is driven by the community of projects.

""Projects participate because they choose to and not because there is anyone telling them to," Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, told InternetNews.com."

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