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Kubernetes 1.21 Release Information
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Information regarding the current release cycle including important dates, Release Team contact information, tracking spreadsheets and more!

Kubernetes 1.21

Links

Tracking docs

Guides

TL;DR

The 1.21 release cycle is proposed as follows:

  • Monday, January 11th: Week 1 - Release cycle begins
  • Tuesday, February 9th: Week 5 - Enhancements Freeze
  • Tuesday, March 9th: Week 9 - Code Freeze
  • Wednesday, March 24: Week 11 - Test Freeze
  • Wednesday, March 31st: Week 12 - Docs must be completed and reviewed
  • Thursday, April 8th: Week 13 - Kubernetes v1.21.0 released
  • Thursday, April 15th: Week 14 - Release Retrospective

Timeline

What Who When WEEK CI SIGNAL
Start of Release Cycle Lead Mon January 11 week 1 master-blocking
Start Enhancements Tracking Enhancements Lead Tue January 12 week 1
1.21.0-alpha.1 released Branch Manager Wed January 13 week 1
Schedule finalized Lead Thurs January 14 week 1
Team finalized Lead Friday January 15 week 1
1.21.0-alpha.2 released Branch Manager Tue January 26 week 3
Begin Enhancements Freeze (EOD PST) Enhancements Lead Tue February 9th week 5 master-blocking, master-informing
1.21.0-alpha.3 released Branch Manager Tue February 9 week 5
1.21.0-beta.0 released Branch Manager Tue February 23 week 7
Begin Burndown (MWF meetings) Lead Mon March 1 week 8 1.21-blocking, master-blocking, master-informing
Call for Exceptions Lead Mon March 1 week 8
Brace Yourself, Code Freeze is Coming Comms / Bug Triage Mon March 1 week 8
Begin Feature blog freeze Comms Lead Mon March 1 week 8
1.21.0-beta.1 released Branch Manager Tue March 9 week 9
Begin Code Freeze (EOD PST) Branch Manager Tue March 9 week 9
Burndown Meetings daily Lead Mon March 15 week 10
Docs deadline - Open placeholder PRs Docs Lead Tue March 16 week 10
Docs deadline - PRs ready for review Docs Lead Wed March 24 week 11
Test Freeze (EOD PST) Branch Manager Wed March 24 week 11
1.21.0-rc.0 released Branch Manager Tue March 25 week 11
release-1.21 branch created Branch Manager Tue March 25 week 11
release-1.21 jobs created Branch Manager Tue March 25 week 11
Start final draft of Release Notes Release Notes Lead Tue March 25 week 11
Release blog ready to review Comms / Docs Tue March 25 week 11
Docs complete - All PRs reviewed and ready to merge Docs Lead Wed March 31 week 12
Feature blogs ready to review Enhancement Owner / SIG Leads Wed March 31 week 12
Release Notes complete - reviewed & merged to k/sig-release Release Notes Lead Mon April 5 week 13
v1.21.0 released Branch Manager Thu April 8 week 13
Release blog published Comms Thu April 8 week 13
Thaw Branch Manager Thu April 8 week 13
Release retrospective Community Thu April 15 Week 14

Phases

Please refer to the release phases document.