Scientific and Technical Journal


ISSN Print 2221-3937
ISSN Online 2221-3805

The software projects are characterized by a long planning horizon, which entails the policy of release management. A short-term version of this problem is known as the Next Release Problem. A central issue release planning is determining which features should be included in which releases. This problem is NP-hard and thus cannot be solved analytically. To reduce the complexity, it is proposed to apply a simple clustering algorithm. The similarity coefficient combines precedence based similarity, predecessor based similarity and successor based similarity. The resource constraints for the particular release define a clear cutting point for the cluster size. Proposed approach reduces the complexity of the problem from O(n!), where n is the number of features, to O(m2), where m is the number of releases. One example is considered. There is pointed that to improve the results of features allocation to releases the priorities of features should be taken into account.

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