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Software Release Management: Tools, Methods, and Applications

Date: Monday, Nov 18, 2019

Location: Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G5

Workshop Fee: $1,250 CAD (includes e-book)

Workshop Description: 

Product release planning is the art and science of deciding about the functionality, quality, and timing of upcoming releases. The impact of this process on business success is strong, as the results determine the satisfaction or dissatisfaction of customers. Product release management is a decision-centric process. Data science and optimization support release decision-making and help to explain and justify decisions.


Ten release decision scenarios will be studied:

  • What to release?

  • How much to release?

  • How good to release?

  • When to release?  

  • How often to release?

  • How to extract and handle feature dependencies?

  • How to re-plan to accommodate change?

  • How to extract features from social media and other sources of information?

  • How to prioritize features?

  • How to balance between new features and technical debt?


For all these scenarios, tool supported solution approaches will be discussed.  The knowledge and hand-on experience gained will enable the participant to make future release decisions stronger based on objectivity.


Attendees should bring their laptops to perform some sample case studies.


Workshop fees includes coffee/tea, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. 

Prof. Guenther Ruhe

Author and Expert Product Release Management

Your Facilitator: Dr. Guenther Ruhe

Dr. Guenther Ruhe holds an Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering at The University of Calgary. This is a joint position between department of Computer Science and department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Ruhe is proud to lead a research team whose primary aim is to establish and demonstrate scientific excellence in the area of Software Engineering Decision Support (SEDS) and to collaborate with industry. Ruhe owns the US patent 8,006,222 on software release planning. He won various awards such as the Alberta iCORE (Informatics Center of Research Excellence) award, an IBM research award, a Mobility Award for foreign researchers at University of Bolzano, and a Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation award in 2012. Ruhe was in chairing positions for various conferences such as ESEM, RE, SEKE, and SSBSE. He was a Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute for Software, Beijing. Since 2016, he serves as the Editor in Chief of the journal of Information and Software Technology, published by Elsevier.


His main research interests are in the areas of Product Release Planning, Software Project Management, Decision Support, Open Innovation, Data Analytics, Empirical Software Engineering as well as Search-based Software Engineering. He is a Senior member of IEEE and a member of the ACM. Dr. Ruhe is the Founder and CEO of Expert Decisions Inc., a University of Calgary spin-off company created in 2003.