Why the Eclipse Way Works So Well
Jun 28, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."