We're 41 days away from the branch point for mstone:9 and we have 1236 open bugs, at the time of this note. Given our open and close rates we will need to punt approximately 956 bugs in order to be ready for 9.0 (you can seen how I arrived at those numbers here: http://www.corp.google.com/~laforge/chrome/metrics/metrics9.html
) which as a rule of thumb means 4 out of every 5 bugs we have needs to be moved out. Once we hit branch point only ReleaseBlock-* bugs will be accepted (i.e. crash, security, and bugs to disable features).
Part of this new release cycle is a better focus on scope management, and tightly managing what goes into our releases will help to make us more predictable. I appreciate your help and patience as we transition to this new system. I realize that it's not without some discomfort, but you guys have done a great job thus far, and I trust that when we are past these initial bumps the road will be smoother.
Technical Program Manager
Mountain View, CA