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The solution to this is the release bus. The bus has a fixed cadence, once release per year/half/quarter/month (based on your release tolerance) any fix that is ready to go when that bus is scheduled to released with that bus and anything else must wait for the next one. Buses are easy to schedule, (should) run on time and everyone knows when the bus is going. This sounds fantastic in theory but there will always be an expected change that just needs to be released now, so what gets there faster than the bus? The release taxi, you can go where you want, when you want but it costs more and if we’re paying you will be asked why.
By splitting the patch releases into these two categories its easier to classify scheduled maintenance from one-off changes. If you start to see too many release taxis questions can be made raised as to why these changes are not making it onto the schedule.