Tingting Bi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Information and Technology, Monash University, Australia and the School of Computer Science, Wuhan University, China. She was a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her current research interests include software architecture, empirical software engineering, natural language processing, and machine learning. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences.
An Empirical Study of Release Note Production and Usage in Practice
Background: The release note is one of the most important software artifacts that serves as a communication bridge between development teams and users. Release notes contain a set of crucial information, such as descriptions of enhancements, improvements, potential issues, development, evolution, testing, and maintenance of projects throughout the whole development life cycle.
Method: We then conducted interviews with 15 professionals and an online survey with 314 respondents to investigate their opinions on release notes in practice.
Conclusion: We summarised 27 statements about release notes grouped into eight topics based on participants' opinions. Our study uncovers significant discrepancies between release note producers and users in perceiving release notes.
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