Where does the origin of the Release Early, Release Often (RERO) principle come from?

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    This seems like a valid question. I don't understand why it's gotten so much negative attention.
    – wogsland
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 1:27

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One of the earliest references to this term originate in Jim McCarthy's book Dynamics of Software Development. This term seems to also be embedded in the Lean Startup movement, which built upon ideas in Lean Manufacturing, TRIZ, and other sources explaining how to evaluate an experimental product and check if it fits the market before investing too much effort in its completion.


Eric S. Raymond is credited with popularizing "Release Early, Release Often" in his essay "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" where he credits Linus Torvalds as using that approach in the development of Linux to it's success.

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