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From an...@apache.org
Subject [beam] branch master updated: Refactor release guide.
Date Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:54:47 GMT
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The following commit(s) were added to refs/heads/master by this push:
     new d1cf9bb  Refactor release guide.
     new b7bca84  Merge pull request #9319 from akedin/refactor-release-guide
d1cf9bb is described below

commit d1cf9bba61c3d35d84bdc4ebaf9bc1bd1ce9446c
Author: akedin <kedin@google.com>
AuthorDate: Mon Aug 12 14:00:16 2019 -0700

    Refactor release guide.
    
    Split the release guide into multiple steps, clean stale info up.
---
 website/src/_includes/section-menu/contribute.html |   17 +-
 website/src/contribute/release-guide.md            | 1095 --------------------
 website/src/contribute/release-guide/1-prepare.md  |  188 ++++
 .../contribute/release-guide/2-create-branch.md    |  132 +++
 .../contribute/release-guide/3-verify-branch.md    |  130 +++
 .../contribute/release-guide/4-build-candidate.md  |  148 +++
 .../src/contribute/release-guide/5-triage-jira.md  |   92 ++
 .../src/contribute/release-guide/6-prepare-docs.md |  194 ++++
 .../release-guide/7-validate-candidate.md          |  147 +++
 website/src/contribute/release-guide/8-finalize.md |  114 ++
 .../src/contribute/release-guide/9-post-release.md |   59 ++
 website/src/contribute/release-guide/index.md      |   71 ++
 12 files changed, 1291 insertions(+), 1096 deletions(-)

diff --git a/website/src/_includes/section-menu/contribute.html b/website/src/_includes/section-menu/contribute.html
index 71c9f7d..d25a05e 100644
--- a/website/src/_includes/section-menu/contribute.html
+++ b/website/src/_includes/section-menu/contribute.html
@@ -38,6 +38,21 @@
   <ul class="section-nav-list">
     <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/become-a-committer/">Become a committer</a></li>
     <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/committer-guide/">Committer guide</a></li>
-    <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/">Release guide</a></li>
+    <li>
+      <span class="section-nav-list-title">Release guide</span>
+      <ul class="section-nav-list">
+
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/">Overview</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/prepare/">Prepare</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/create-branch/">Create Branch</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/verify-branch/">Verify Branch</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/build-candidate/">Build Candidate</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/triage-jira/">Triage JIRAs</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/prepare-docs/">Prepare Docs</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/validate-candidate/">Validate Candidate</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/finalize/">Finalize</a></li>
+        <li><a href="{{ site.baseurl }}/contribute/release-guide/post-release">Post-release</a></li>
+      </ul>
+    </li>
   </ul>
 </li>
diff --git a/website/src/contribute/release-guide.md b/website/src/contribute/release-guide.md
deleted file mode 100644
index 4a16fd1..0000000
--- a/website/src/contribute/release-guide.md
+++ /dev/null
@@ -1,1095 +0,0 @@
----
-layout: section
-title: "Beam Release Guide"
-section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
-permalink: /contribute/release-guide/
----
-<!--
-Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
-you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
-You may obtain a copy of the License at
-
-http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
-
-Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
-distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
-WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
-See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
-limitations under the License.
--->
-
-# Apache Beam Release Guide
-
-* TOC
-{:toc}
-
-## Introduction
-
-The Apache Beam project periodically declares and publishes releases. A release is one or more packages of the project artifact(s) that are approved for general public distribution and use. They may come with various degrees of caveat regarding their perceived quality and potential for change, such as “alpha”, “beta”, “incubating”, “stable”, etc.
-
-The Beam community treats releases with great importance. They are a public face of the project and most users interact with the project only through the releases. Releases are signed off by the entire Beam community in a public vote.
-
-Each release is executed by a *Release Manager*, who is selected among the Beam committers. This document describes the process that the Release Manager follows to perform a release. Any changes to this process should be discussed and adopted on the [dev@ mailing list]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/support/).
-
-Please remember that publishing software has legal consequences. This guide complements the foundation-wide [Product Release Policy](http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html) and [Release Distribution Policy](http://www.apache.org/dev/release-distribution).
-
-## Overview
-
-![Alt text]({{ "/images/release-guide-1.png" | prepend: site.baseurl }} "Release Process"){:width="100%"}
-
-The release process consists of several steps:
-
-1. Decide to release
-1. Prepare for the release
-1. Build a release candidate
-1. Vote on the release candidate
-1. During vote process, run validation tests
-1. If necessary, fix any issues and go back to step 3.
-1. Finalize the release
-1. Promote the release
-
-**********
-
-## Decide to release
-
-Deciding to release and selecting a Release Manager is the first step of the release process. This is a consensus-based decision of the entire community.
-
-Anybody can propose a release on the dev@ mailing list, giving a solid argument and nominating a committer as the Release Manager (including themselves). There’s no formal process, no vote requirements, and no timing requirements. Any objections should be resolved by consensus before starting the release.
-
-In general, the community prefers to have a rotating set of 3-5 Release Managers. Keeping a small core set of managers allows enough people to build expertise in this area and improve processes over time, without Release Managers needing to re-learn the processes for each release. That said, if you are a committer interested in serving the community in this way, please reach out to the community on the dev@ mailing list.
-
-### Checklist to proceed to the next step
-
-1. Community agrees to release
-1. Community selects a Release Manager
-
-**********
-
-## Prepare for the release
-
-Before your first release, you should perform one-time configuration steps. This will set up your security keys for signing the release and access to various release repositories.
-
-To prepare for each release, you should audit the project status in the JIRA issue tracker, and do necessary bookkeeping. Finally, you should create a release branch from which individual release candidates will be built.
-
-__NOTE__: If you are using [GitHub two-factor authentication](https://help.github.com/articles/securing-your-account-with-two-factor-authentication-2fa/) and haven't configure HTTPS access, 
-please follow [the guide](https://help.github.com/articles/creating-a-personal-access-token-for-the-command-line/) to configure command line access.
-
-### One-time setup instructions
-
-#### GPG Key
-
-You need to have a GPG key to sign the release artifacts. Please be aware of the ASF-wide [release signing guidelines](https://www.apache.org/dev/release-signing.html). If you don’t have a GPG key associated with your Apache account, please create one according to the guidelines.
-
-There are 2 ways to configure your GPG key for release, either using release automation script(which is recommended), 
-or running all commands manually.
-
-##### Use preparation_before_release.sh to setup GPG
-* Script: [preparation_before_release.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/preparation_before_release.sh)
-
-* Usage
-  ```
-  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/preparation_before_release.sh
-  ```
-* Tasks included
-  1. Help you create a new GPG key if you want.
-  1. Configure ```git user.signingkey``` with chosen pubkey.
-  1. Add chosen pubkey into [dev KEYS](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/KEYS)  and [release KEYS](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/KEYS)
-     
-     **NOTES**: Only PMC can write into [release repo](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/).
-  1. Start GPG agents.
-
-##### Run all commands manually
-
-* Get more entropy for creating a GPG key
-
-      sudo apt-get install rng-tools
-      sudo rngd -r /dev/urandom
-
-* Create a GPG key
-    
-      gpg --full-generate-key
-
-* Determine your Apache GPG Key and Key ID, as follows:
-
-      gpg --list-keys
-
-  This will list your GPG keys. One of these should reflect your Apache account, for example:
-  
-      --------------------------------------------------
-      pub   2048R/845E6689 2016-02-23
-      uid                  Nomen Nescio <anonymous@apache.org>
-      sub   2048R/BA4D50BE 2016-02-23
-
-  Here, the key ID is the 8-digit hex string in the `pub` line: `845E6689`.
-
-  Now, add your Apache GPG key to the Beam’s `KEYS` file both in [`dev`](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/KEYS) and [`release`](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/KEYS) repositories at `dist.apache.org`. Follow the instructions listed at the top of these files. (Note: Only PMC members have write access to the release repository. If you end up getting 403 errors ask on the mailing list for assistance.)
-
-* Configure `git` to use this key when signing code by giving it your key ID, as follows:
-
-      git config --global user.signingkey 845E6689
-
-  You may drop the `--global` option if you’d prefer to use this key for the current repository only.
-
-* Start GPG agent in order to unlock your GPG key
-
-      eval $(gpg-agent --daemon --no-grab --write-env-file $HOME/.gpg-agent-info)
-      export GPG_TTY=$(tty)
-      export GPG_AGENT_INFO
-
-#### Access to Apache Nexus repository
-
-Configure access to the [Apache Nexus repository](http://repository.apache.org/), which enables final deployment of releases to the Maven Central Repository.
-
-1. You log in with your Apache account.
-1. Confirm you have appropriate access by finding `org.apache.beam` under `Staging Profiles`.
-1. Navigate to your `Profile` (top right dropdown menu of the page).
-1. Choose `User Token` from the dropdown, then click `Access User Token`. Copy a snippet of the Maven XML configuration block.
-1. Insert this snippet twice into your global Maven `settings.xml` file, typically `${HOME}/.m2/settings.xml`. The end result should look like this, where `TOKEN_NAME` and `TOKEN_PASSWORD` are your secret tokens:
-
-        <settings>
-          <servers>
-            <server>
-              <id>apache.releases.https</id>
-              <username>TOKEN_NAME</username>
-              <password>TOKEN_PASSWORD</password>
-            </server>
-            <server>
-              <id>apache.snapshots.https</id>
-              <username>TOKEN_NAME</username>
-              <password>TOKEN_PASSWORD</password>
-            </server>
-          </servers>
-        </settings>
-
-#### Submit your GPG public key into MIT PGP Public Key Server
-In order to make yourself have right permission to stage java artifacts in Apache Nexus staging repository, 
-please submit your GPG public key into [MIT PGP Public Key Server](http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/).
-
-#### Website development setup
-
-Updating the Beam website requires submitting PRs to both the main `apache/beam`
-repo and the `apache/beam-site` repo. The first contains reference manuals
-generated from SDK code, while the second updates the current release version
-number.
-
-You should already have setup a local clone of `apache/beam`. Setting up a clone
-of `apache/beam-site` is similar:
-
-    $ git clone -b release-docs https://github.com/apache/beam-site.git
-    $ cd beam-site
-    $ git remote add <GitHub_user> git@github.com:<GitHub_user>/beam-site.git
-    $ git fetch --all
-    $ git checkout -b <my-branch> origin/release-docs
-
-Further instructions on website development on `apache/beam` is
-[here](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/website). Background
-information about how the website is updated can be found in [Beam-Site
-Automation Reliability](https://s.apache.org/beam-site-automation).
-
-#### Register to PyPI
-
-Release manager needs to have an account with PyPI. If you need one, [register at PyPI](https://pypi.python.org/account/register/). You also need to be a maintainer (or an owner) of the [apache-beam](https://pypi.python.org/pypi/apache-beam) package in order to push a new release. Ask on the mailing list for assistance.
-
-### Create a new version in JIRA
-
-When contributors resolve an issue in JIRA, they are tagging it with a release that will contain their changes. With the release currently underway, new issues should be resolved against a subsequent future release. Therefore, you should create a release item for this subsequent release, as follows:
-
-__Attention__: Only PMC has permission to perform this. If you are not a PMC, please ask for help in dev@ mailing list.
-
-1. In JIRA, navigate to [`Beam > Administration > Versions`](https://issues.apache.org/jira/plugins/servlet/project-config/BEAM/versions).
-1. Add a new release. Choose the next minor version number after the version currently underway, select the release cut date (today’s date) as the `Start Date`, and choose `Add`.
-1. At the end of the release, go to the same page and mark the recently released version as released. Use the `...` menu and choose `Release`.
-
-### Create a release branch in apache/beam repository
-
-Attention: Only committer has permission to create release branch in apache/beam.
-
-Release candidates are built from a release branch. As a final step in preparation for the release, you should create the release branch, push it to the Apache code repository, and update version information on the original branch.
-
-There are 2 ways to cut a release branch: either running automation script(recommended), or running all commands manually.
-
-#### Use cut_release_branch.sh to cut a release branch
-* Script: [cut_release_branch.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/cut_release_branch.sh)
-
-* Usage
-  ```
-  # Cut a release branch
-  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/cut_release_branch.sh \
-  --release=${RELEASE_VERSION} \
-  --next_release=${NEXT_VERSION}
-  
-  # Show help page
-  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/cut_release_branch.sh -h
-  ```
-* Tasks included
-  1. Create release-${RELEASE_VERSION} branch locally.
-  1. Change and commit dev versoin number in master branch:
-  
-     [BeamModulePlugin.groovy](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/e8abafe360e126818fe80ae0f6075e71f0fc227d/buildSrc/src/main/groovy/org/apache/beam/gradle/BeamModulePlugin.groovy#L209),
-     [gradle.properties](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/e8abafe360e126818fe80ae0f6075e71f0fc227d/gradle.properties#L25),
-     [version.py](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/e8abafe360e126818fe80ae0f6075e71f0fc227d/sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py#L21)
-  1. Change and commit version number in release branch:
-  
-     [version.py](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/release-2.6.0/sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py#L21), 
-     [build.gradle](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/release-2.6.0/runners/google-cloud-dataflow-java/build.gradle#L39)
-     
-#### Run all steps manually
-* Checkout working branch
-   
-  Check out the version of the codebase from which you start the release. For a new minor or major release, this may be `HEAD` of the `master` branch. To build a hotfix/incremental release, instead of the `master` branch, use the release tag of the release being patched. (Please make sure your cloned repository is up-to-date before starting.)
-
-      git checkout <master branch OR release tag>
-
-  **NOTE**: If you are doing an incremental/hotfix release (e.g. 2.5.1), please check out the previous release tag, rather than the master branch.
-
-* Set up environment variables
-
-  Set up a few environment variables to simplify Maven commands that follow. (We use `bash` Unix syntax in this guide.)
-
-      RELEASE=2.5.0
-      NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH=2.6.0
-      BRANCH=release-${RELEASE}
-
-  Version represents the release currently underway, while next version specifies the anticipated next version to be released from that branch. Normally, 1.2.0 is followed by 1.3.0, while 1.2.3 is followed by 1.2.4.
-
-  **NOTE**: Only if you are doing an incremental/hotfix release (e.g. 2.5.1), please check out the previous release tag, before running the following instructions:
-
-      BASE_RELEASE=2.5.0
-      RELEASE=2.5.1
-      NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH=2.6.0
-      git checkout tags/${BASE_RELEASE}
-
-* Create release branch locally
-    
-      git branch ${BRANCH}
-
-* Update version files in the master branch.
-  
-      # Now change the version in existing gradle files, and Python files
-      sed -i -e "s/'${RELEASE}'/'${NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH}'/g" build_rules.gradle
-      sed -i -e "s/${RELEASE}/${NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH}/g" gradle.properties
-      sed -i -e "s/${RELEASE}/${NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH}/g" sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py
-  
-      # Save changes in master branch
-      git add gradle.properties build_rules.gradle sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py
-      git commit -m "Moving to ${NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH}-SNAPSHOT on master branch."
-
-* Check out the release branch.
-
-      git checkout ${BRANCH}
-    
-
-* Update version files in release branch
-      
-      DEV=${RELEASE}.dev
-      sed -i -e "s/${DEV}/${RELEASE}/g" sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py
-      sed -i -e "s/'beam-master-.*'/'beam-${RELEASE}'/g" runners/google-cloud-dataflow-java/build.gradle
-
-
-### Start a snapshot build
-
-Start a build of [the nightly snapshot](https://builds.apache.org/view/A-D/view/Beam/job/beam_Release_NightlySnapshot/) against master branch.
-Some processes, including our archetype tests, rely on having a live SNAPSHOT of the current version
-from the `master` branch. Once the release branch is cut, these SNAPSHOT versions are no longer found,
-so builds will be broken until a new snapshot is available.
-
-There are 2 ways to trigger a nightly build, either using automation script(recommended), or perform all operations manually.
-
-#### Run start_snapshot_build.sh to trigger build
-* Script: [start_snapshot_build.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/start_snapshot_build.sh)
-
-* Usage
-  
-      ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/start_snapshot_build.sh
-
-* Tasks included
-  1. Install [hub](https://github.com/github/hub) with your agreement.
-  1. Touch an empty txt file and commit changes into ```${your remote beam repo}/snapshot_build```
-  1. Use hub to create a PR against apache:master, which triggers a Jenkins job to build snapshot.
-  
-* Tasks you need to do manually
-  1. Check whether the Jenkins job gets triggered. If not, please comment ```Run Gradle Publish``` into the generated PR.
-  1. After verifying build succeeded, you need to close PR manually.
-  
-#### Do all operations manually
-
-* Find one PR against apache:master in beam.
-* Comment  ```Run Gradle Publish``` in this pull request to trigger build.
-* Verify that build succeeds.
-
-
-### Verify release branch
-
-There are 2 ways to perform this verification, either running automation script(recommended), or running all commands manually.
-
-#### Run automation script (verify_release_build.sh)
-* Script: [verify_release_build.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/verify_release_build.sh)
-
-* Usage
-
-      ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/verify_release_build.sh
-
-* Tasks included
-  1. Install ```pip```, ```virtualenv```, ```cython``` and ```/usr/bin/time``` with your agreements.
-  2. Run ```gradle release build``` against release branch.
-
-* Tasks you need to do manually
-  1. Check the build result.
-  2. If build failed, scan log will contain all failures.
-  3. You should stabilize the release branch until release build succeeded.
-  4. The script will output a set of Jenkins phrases to enter in the created PR
-
-#### Run all commands manually
-* Pre-installation for python build
-  1. Install pip
-
-      ```
-      curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py
-      python get-pip.py
-      ```
-  1. Install virtualenv
-
-      ```
-      pip install --upgrade virtualenv
-      ```
-  1. Cython
-
-      ```
-      sudo pip install cython
-      sudo apt-get install gcc
-      sudo apt-get install python-dev
-      sudo apt-get install python3-dev
-      sudo apt-get install python3.5-dev
-      sudo apt-get install python3.6-dev
-      sudo apt-get install python3.7-dev
-      ```
-  1. Make sure your ```time``` alias to ```/usr/bin/time```, if not:
-
-      ```
-      sudo apt-get install time
-      alias time='/usr/bin/time'
-      ```
-
-* Run gradle release build
-
-  1. Clean current workspace
-
-      ```
-      git clean -fdx 
-      ./gradlew clean
-      ```
-
-  1. Unlock the secret key
-      ```
-      gpg --output ~/doc.sig --sign ~/.bashrc
-      ```
-
-  1.  Run build command
-      ```
-      ./gradlew build -PisRelease --no-parallel --scan --stacktrace --continue
-      ```
-
-
-#### Create release-blocking issues in JIRA
-
-The verify_release_build.sh script may include failing or flaky tests. For each of the failing tests create a JIRA with the following properties:
-
-* Issue Type: Bug
-
-* Summary: Name of failing gradle task and name of failing test (where applicable) in form of :MyGradleProject:SomeGradleTask NameOfFailedTest: Short description of failure
-
-* Priority: Major
-
-* Component: "test-failures"
-
-* Fix Version: Release number of verified release branch
-
-* Description: Description of failure
-
-
-### Update and Verify Javadoc
-
-The build with `-PisRelease` creates the combined Javadoc for the release in `sdks/java/javadoc`.
-
-The file `sdks/java/javadoc/build.gradle` contains a list of modules to include
-in and exclude, plus a list of offline URLs that populate links from Beam's
-Javadoc to the Javadoc for other modules that Beam depends on.
-
-* Confirm that new modules added since the last release have been added to the
-  inclusion list as appropriate.
-
-* Confirm that the excluded package list is up to date.
-
-* Verify the version numbers for offline links match the versions used by Beam. If
-  the version number has changed, download a new version of the corresponding
-  `<module>-docs/package-list` file.
-
-### Triage release-blocking issues in JIRA
-
-There could be outstanding release-blocking issues, which should be triaged before proceeding to build a release candidate. We track them by assigning a specific `Fix version` field even before the issue resolved.
-
-The list of release-blocking issues is available at the [version status page](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM/?selectedTab=com.atlassian.jira.jira-projects-plugin:versions-panel). Triage each unresolved issue with one of the following resolutions:
-
-For all JIRA issues:
-
-* If the issue has been resolved and JIRA was not updated, resolve it accordingly.
-
-For JIRA issues with type "Bug" or labeled "flaky":
-
-* If the issue is a known continuously failing test, it is not acceptable to defer this until the next release. Please work with the Beam community to resolve the issue.
-* If the issue is a known flaky test, make an attempt to delegate a fix. However, if the issue may take too long to fix (to the discretion of the release manager):
-  * Delegate manual testing of the flaky issue to ensure no release blocking issues.
-  * Update the `Fix Version` field to the version of the next release. Please consider discussing this with stakeholders and the dev@ mailing list, as appropriate.
-
-For all other JIRA issues:
-
-* If the issue has not been resolved and it is acceptable to defer this until the next release, update the `Fix Version` field to the new version you just created. Please consider discussing this with stakeholders and the dev@ mailing list, as appropriate.
-* If the issue has not been resolved and it is not acceptable to release until it is fixed, the release cannot proceed. Instead, work with the Beam community to resolve the issue.
-
-If there is a bug found in the RC creation process/tools, those issues should be considered high priority and fixed in 7 days.
-
-### Review Release Notes in JIRA
-
-JIRA automatically generates Release Notes based on the `Fix Version` field applied to issues. Release Notes are intended for Beam users (not Beam committers/contributors). You should ensure that Release Notes are informative and useful.
-
-Open the release notes from the [version status page](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM/?selectedTab=com.atlassian.jira.jira-projects-plugin:versions-panel) by choosing the release underway and clicking Release Notes.
-
-You should verify that the issues listed automatically by JIRA are appropriate to appear in the Release Notes. Specifically, issues should:
-
-* Be appropriately classified as `Bug`, `New Feature`, `Improvement`, etc.
-* Represent noteworthy user-facing changes, such as new functionality, backward-incompatible API changes, or performance improvements.
-* Have occurred since the previous release; an issue that was introduced and fixed between releases should not appear in the Release Notes.
-* Have an issue title that makes sense when read on its own.
-
-Adjust any of the above properties to the improve clarity and presentation of the Release Notes.
-
-### Checklist to proceed to the next step
-
-* Release Manager’s GPG key is published to `dist.apache.org`
-* Release Manager’s GPG key is configured in `git` configuration
-* Release Manager has `org.apache.beam` listed under `Staging Profiles` in Nexus
-* Release Manager’s Nexus User Token is configured in `settings.xml`
-* JIRA release item for the subsequent release has been created
-* All test failures from branch verification have associated JIRA issues
-* There are no release blocking JIRA issues
-* Release Notes in JIRA have been audited and adjusted
-* Combined javadoc has the appropriate contents.
-* Release branch has been created
-* There are no open pull requests to release branch
-* Originating branch has the version information updated to the new version
-* Nightly snapshot is in progress (do revisit it continually)
-
-**********
-
-## Build a release candidate
-
-The core of the release process is the build-vote-fix cycle. Each cycle produces one release candidate. The Release Manager repeats this cycle until the community approves one release candidate, which is then finalized.
-
-For this step, we recommend you using automation script to create a RC, but you still can perform all steps manually if you want. 
-
-### Run build_release_candidate.sh to create RC
-* Script: [build_release_candidate.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/build_release_candidate.sh)
-
-* Usage
-  
-      ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/build_release_candidate.sh
-
-* Tasks included
-  1. Run gradle release to create rc tag and push source release into github repo.
-  1. Run gradle publish to push java artifacts into Maven staging repo.
-     
-     __NOTE__: In order to public staging artifacts, you need to goto the staging repo to close the staging repository on Apache Nexus. 
-     When prompted for a description, enter “Apache Beam, version X, release candidate Y”.
-  1. Stage source release into dist.apache.org dev [repo](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/).
-  1. Stage,sign and hash python binaries into dist.apache.ord dev repo python dir
-  1. Create a PR to update beam and beam-site, changes includes:
-     * Copy python doc into beam-site
-     * Copy java doc into beam-site
-     * Update release version into [_config.yml](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/website/_config.yml).
-     
-* Tasks you need to do manually
-  1. Add new release into `website/src/get-started/downloads.md`.
-  1. Update last release download links in `website/src/get-started/downloads.md`.
-  1. Update `website/src/.htaccess` to redirect to the new version.
-  1. Build and stage python wheels.
-
-
-### Run all steps manually
-
-#### Build and stage Java artifacts with Gradle
-
-Set up a few environment variables to simplify the commands that follow. These identify the release candidate being built, and the branch where you will stage files. Start with `RC_NUM` equal to `1` and increment it for each candidate.
-
-    RC_NUM=1
-
-Make sure your git config will maintain your account:
-    
-    git config credential.helper store
-
-Use Gradle release plugin to build the release artifacts, and push code and
-release tag to the origin repository (this would be the Apache Beam repo):
-
-    ./gradlew release -Prelease.newVersion=${RELEASE}-SNAPSHOT \
-                  -Prelease.releaseVersion=${RELEASE}-RC${RC_NUM} \
-                  -Prelease.useAutomaticVersion=true --info --no-daemon
-
-Use Gradle publish plugin to stage these artifacts on the Apache Nexus repository, as follows:
-
-    ./gradlew publish -PisRelease --no-parallel --no-daemon
-
-Review all staged artifacts. They should contain all relevant parts for each module, including `pom.xml`, jar, test jar, javadoc, etc. Artifact names should follow [the existing format](https://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7Cg%3A%22org.apache.beam%22) in which artifact name mirrors directory structure, e.g., `beam-sdks-java-io-kafka`. Carefully review any new artifacts.
-
-Close the staging repository on Apache Nexus. When prompted for a description, enter “Apache Beam, version X, release candidate Y”.
-
-#### Stage source release on dist.apache.org
-
-Attention: Only committer has permissions to perform following steps.
-
-Copy the source release to the dev repository of `dist.apache.org`.
-
-1. If you have not already, check out the Beam section of the `dev` repository on `dist.apache.org` via Subversion. In a fresh directory:
-
-        svn co https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam
-
-1. Make a directory for the new release:
-
-        mkdir beam/${RELEASE}
-        cd beam/${RELEASE}
-
-1. Download source zip from GitHub:
-
-    wget https://github.com/apache/beam/archive/release-${RELEASE}.zip \
-         -O apache-beam-${RELEASE}-source-release.zip
-
-1. Create hashes and sign the source distribution:
-
-        gpg --armor --detach-sig apache-beam-${RELEASE}-source-release.zip
-        sha512sum apache-beam-${RELEASE}-source-release.zip > apache-beam-${RELEASE}-source-release.zip.sha512
-
-1. Add and commit all the files.
-
-        svn add beam/${RELEASE}
-        svn commit
-
-1. Verify that files are [present](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam).
-
-#### Stage python binaries on dist.apache.org
-
-Build python binaries in release branch in sdks/python dir.
-
-    python setup.py sdist --format=zip
-    cd dist
-    cp apache-beam-${RELEASE}.zip staging/apache-beam-${RELEASE}-python.zip
-    cd staging
-
-Create hashes and sign the binaries
-
-    gpg --armor --detach-sig apache-beam-${RELEASE}-python.zip
-    sha512sum apache-beam-${RELEASE}-python.zip > apache-beam-${RELEASE}-python.zip.sha512
-
-Staging binaries
-
-    svn co https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam
-    cd beam/${RELEASE}
-    svn add *
-    svn commit
-
-Verify that files are [present](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam).
-
-#### Build the Pydoc API reference
-
-Make sure you have ```tox``` installed: 
-
-```
-pip install tox
-```
-Create the Python SDK documentation using sphinx by running a helper script.
-```
-cd sdks/python && tox -e docs
-```
-By default the Pydoc is generated in `sdks/python/target/docs/_build`. Let `${PYDOC_ROOT}` be the absolute path to `_build`.
-
-#### Propose pull requests for website updates
-
-Beam publishes API reference manuals for each release on the website. For Java
-and Python SDKs, that’s Javadoc and PyDoc, respectively. The final step of
-building the candidate is to propose website pull requests that update these
-manuals.
-
-Merge the pull requests only after finalizing the release. To avoid invalid
-redirects for the 'current' version, merge these PRs in the order listed. Once
-the PR is merged, the new contents will get picked up automatically and served
-to the Beam website, usually within an hour.
-
-**PR 1: apache/beam-site**
-
-This pull request is against the `apache/beam-site` repo, on the `release-docs`
-branch.
-
-* Add the new Javadoc to [SDK API Reference page](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/) page, as follows:
-  * Unpack the Maven artifact `org.apache.beam:beam-sdks-java-javadoc` into some temporary location. Call this `${JAVADOC_TMP}`.
-  * Copy the generated Javadoc into the website repository: `cp -r ${JAVADOC_TMP} javadoc/${RELEASE}`.
-* Add the new Pydoc to [SDK API Reference page](https://beam.apache.org/releases/pydoc/) page, as follows:
-  * Copy the generated Pydoc into the website repository: `cp -r ${PYDOC_ROOT} pydoc/${RELEASE}`.
-  * Remove `.doctrees` directory.
-* Stage files using: `git add --all javadoc/ pydoc/`.
-
-**PR 2: apache/beam**
-
-This pull request is against the `apache/beam` repo, on the `master` branch.
-
-* Update the `release_latest` version flag in `/website/_config.yml`, and list
-  the new release in `/website/src/get-started/downloads.md`, linking to the
-  source code download and the Release Notes in JIRA.
-* Update the `RedirectMatch` rule in
-  [/website/src/.htaccess](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/website/src/.htaccess)
-  to point to the new release. See file history for examples.
-
-#### Build and stage python wheels
-
-There is a wrapper repo [beam-wheels](https://github.com/apache/beam-wheels) to help build python wheels.
-
-If you are interested in how it works, please refer to the [structure section](https://github.com/apache/beam-wheels#structure).
-
-Please follow the [user guide](https://github.com/apache/beam-wheels#user-guide) to build python wheels.
-
-Once all python wheels have been staged [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/), 
-please run [./sign_hash_python_wheels.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/sign_hash_python_wheels.sh) to sign and hash python wheels.
-
-### Write the Beam blog post and create a pull request
-
-Major or otherwise important releases should have a blog post. Write one if needed for this particular release. Minor releases that don’t introduce new major functionality don’t necessarily need to be blogged.
-
-*Tip:* Use git log to find contributors to the releases. (e.g: `git log --pretty='%aN' ^v2.10.0 v2.11.0 | sort | uniq`).
-
-#### Checklist to proceed to the next step
-
-1. Maven artifacts deployed to the staging repository of [repository.apache.org](https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/)
-1. Source distribution deployed to the dev repository of [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/)
-1. Website pull request proposed to list the [release]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/), publish the [Java API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/), and publish the [Python API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/pydoc/).
-
-You can (optionally) also do additional verification by:
-1. Check that Python zip file contains the `README.md`, `NOTICE`, and `LICENSE` files.
-1. Check hashes (e.g. `md5sum -c *.md5` and `sha1sum -c *.sha1`)
-1. Check signatures (e.g. `gpg --verify apache-beam-1.2.3-python.zip.asc apache-beam-1.2.3-python.zip`)
-1. `grep` for legal headers in each file.
-1. Run all jenkins suites and include links to passing tests in the voting email. (Select "Run with parameters")
-
-**********
-
-## Vote on the release candidate
-
-Once you have built and individually reviewed the release candidate, please share it for the community-wide review. Please review foundation-wide [voting guidelines](http://www.apache.org/foundation/voting.html) for more information.
-
-Start the review-and-vote thread on the dev@ mailing list. Here’s an email template; please adjust as you see fit.
-
-    From: Release Manager
-    To: dev@beam.apache.org
-    Subject: [VOTE] Release 1.2.3, release candidate #3
-
-    Hi everyone,
-    Please review and vote on the release candidate #3 for the version 1.2.3, as follows:
-    [ ] +1, Approve the release
-    [ ] -1, Do not approve the release (please provide specific comments)
-
-
-    The complete staging area is available for your review, which includes:
-    * JIRA release notes [1],
-    * the official Apache source release to be deployed to dist.apache.org [2], which is signed with the key with fingerprint FFFFFFFF [3],
-    * all artifacts to be deployed to the Maven Central Repository [4],
-    * source code tag "v1.2.3-RC3" [5],
-    * website pull request listing the release [6], publishing the API reference manual [7], and the blog post [8].
-    * Java artifacts were built with Maven MAVEN_VERSION and OpenJDK/Oracle JDK JDK_VERSION.
-    * Python artifacts are deployed along with the source release to the dist.apache.org [2].
-    * Validation sheet with a tab for 1.2.3 release to help with validation [9].
-
-    The vote will be open for at least 72 hours. It is adopted by majority approval, with at least 3 PMC affirmative votes.
-
-    Thanks,
-    Release Manager
-
-    [1] https://jira.apache.org/jira/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?projectId=...
-    [2] https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/1.2.3/
-    [3] https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/KEYS
-    [4] https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-NNNN/
-    [5] https://github.com/apache/beam/tree/v1.2.3-RC3
-    [6] https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/...
-    [7] https://github.com/apache/beam-site/pull/...
-    [8] https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/...
-    [9] https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qk-N5vjXvbcEk68GjbkSZTR8AGqyNUM-oLFo_ZXBpJw/edit#gid=...
-
-If there are any issues found in the release candidate, reply on the vote thread to cancel the vote. There’s no need to wait 72 hours. Proceed to the `Fix Issues` step below and address the problem. However, some issues don’t require cancellation. For example, if an issue is found in the website pull request, just correct it on the spot and the vote can continue as-is.
-
-If there are no issues, reply on the vote thread to close the voting. Then, tally the votes in a separate email. Here’s an email template; please adjust as you see fit.
-
-    From: Release Manager
-    To: dev@beam.apache.org
-    Subject: [RESULT] [VOTE] Release 1.2.3, release candidate #3
-
-    I'm happy to announce that we have unanimously approved this release.
-
-    There are XXX approving votes, XXX of which are binding:
-    * approver 1
-    * approver 2
-    * approver 3
-    * approver 4
-
-    There are no disapproving votes.
-
-    Thanks everyone!
-    
-### Run validation tests
-All tests listed in this [spreadsheet](https://s.apache.org/beam-release-validation)
-
-Since there are a bunch of tests, we recommend you running validations using automation script. In case of script failure, you can still run all of them manually.
-
-#### Run validations using run_rc_validation.sh
-* Script: [run_rc_validation.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/run_rc_validation.sh)
-
-* Usage
-  1. First update [script.config](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/script.config) with correct config value (e.g. release version, rc number).
-  1. Then run
-      ```
-      ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/run_rc_validation.sh
-      ```
-
-* Tasks included
-  1. Run Java quickstart with Direct Runner, Apex local runner, Flink local runner, Spark local runner and Dataflow runner.
-  1. Run Java Mobile Games(UserScore, HourlyTeamScore, Leaderboard) with Dataflow runner.
-  1. Create a PR against apache:master to trigger python validation job, including
-     * Python quickstart in batch and streaming mode with direct runner and Dataflow runner.
-     * Python Mobile Games(UserScore, HourlyTeamScore) with direct runner and Dataflow runner.
-  1. Run Python Streaming MobileGames, includes
-     * Start a new terminal to run Java Pubsub injector.
-     * Start a new terminal to run python LeaderBoard with Direct Runner.
-     * Start a new terminal to run python LeaderBoard with Dataflow Runner.
-     * Start a new terminal to run python GameStats with Direct Runner.
-     * Start a new terminal to run python GameStats with Dataflow Runner.
-
-* Tasks you need to do manually
-  1. Check whether validations succeed by following console output instructions.
-  1. Terminate streaming jobs and java injector.
-  1. Sign up [spreadsheet](https://s.apache.org/beam-release-validation).
-  1. Vote in the release thread.
-
-#### Run validations manually
-
-_Note_: -Prepourl and -Pver can be found in the RC vote email sent by Release Manager.
-
-* Java Quickstart Validation
-
-  Direct Runner:
-  ```
-  ./gradlew :runners:direct-java:runQuickstartJavaDirect \
-  -Prepourl=https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-${KEY} \
-  -Pver=${RELEASE_VERSION}
-  ```
-  Apex Local Runner
-  ```
-  ./gradlew :runners:apex:runQuickstartJavaApex \
-  -Prepourl=https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam${KEY} \
-  -Pver=${RELEASE_VERSION}
-  ```
-  Flink Local Runner
-  ```
-  ./gradlew :runners:flink:1.5:runQuickstartJavaFlinkLocal \
-  -Prepourl=https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-${KEY} \
-  -Pver=${RELEASE_VERSION}
-  ```
-  Spark Local Runner
-  ```
-  ./gradlew :runners:spark:runQuickstartJavaSpark \
-  -Prepourl=https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-${KEY} \
-  -Pver=${RELEASE_VERSION}
-  ```
-  Dataflow Runner
-  ```
-  ./gradlew :runners:google-cloud-dataflow-java:runQuickstartJavaDataflow \
-  -Prepourl=https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-${KEY} \
-  -Pver=${RELEASE_VERSION} \
-  -PgcpProject=${YOUR_GCP_PROJECT} \
-  -PgcsBucket=${YOUR_GCP_BUCKET}
-  ```
-* Java Mobile Game(UserScore, HourlyTeamScore, Leaderboard)
-  
-  Pre-request
-  * Create your own BigQuery dataset
-    ```
-    bq mk --project=${YOUR_GCP_PROJECT} ${YOUR_DATASET}
-    ```
-  * Create yout PubSub topic 
-    ```
-    gcloud alpha pubsub topics create --project=${YOUR_GCP_PROJECT} ${YOUR_PROJECT_PUBSUB_TOPIC} 
-    ```
-  * Setup your service account
-    
-    Goto IAM console in your project to create a service account as ```project owner```
-    
-    Run 
-    ```
-    gcloud iam service-accounts keys create ${YOUR_KEY_JSON} --iam-account ${YOUR_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_NAME}@${YOUR_PROJECT_NAME}
-    export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=${PATH_TO_YOUR_KEY_JSON} 
-    ```
-  Run 
-  ```
-  ./gradlew :runners:google-cloud-dataflow-java:runMobileGamingJavaDataflow \
-   -Prepourl=https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-${KEY} \ 
-   -Pver=${RELEASE_VERSION} \
-   -PgcpProject=${YOUR_GCP_PROJECT} \
-   -PgcsBucket=${YOUR_GCP_BUCKET} \
-   -PbqDataset=${YOUR_DATASET} -PpubsubTopic=${YOUR_PROJECT_PUBSUB_TOPIC}
-  ```
-* Python Quickstart(batch & streaming), MobileGame(UserScore, HourlyTeamScore)
-  
-  Create a new PR in apache/beam
-  
-  In comment area, type in ```Run Python ReleaseCandidate```
- 
-* Python Leaderboard & GameStats
-  * Get staging RC ```wget https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/2.5.0/* ```
-  * Verify the hashes
-  
-    ```
-    sha512sum -c apache-beam-2.5.0-python.zip.sha512
-    sha512sum -c apache-beam-2.5.0-source-release.zip.sha512
-    ```
-  * Build SDK
-  
-    ```
-    sudo apt-get install unzip
-    unzip apache-beam-2.5.0-source-release.zip
-    python setup.py sdist
-    ```
-  * Setup virtualenv
-    
-    ```
-    pip install --upgrade pip
-    pip install --upgrade setuptools
-    pip install --upgrade virtualenv
-    virtualenv beam_env
-     . beam_env/bin/activate
-    ```
-  * Install SDK
-    
-    ```
-    pip install dist/apache-beam-2.5.0.tar.gz
-    pip install dist/apache-beam-2.5.0.tar.gz[gcp]
-    ```
-  * Setup GCP
-    
-    Please repeat following steps for every following test.
-    
-    ```
-    bq rm -rf --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} ${USER}_test
-    bq mk --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} ${USER}_test
-    gsutil rm -rf ${YOUR_GS_STORAGE]
-    gsutil mb -p ${YOUR_PROJECT} ${YOUR_GS_STORAGE}
-    gcloud alpha pubsub topics create --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} ${YOUR_PUBSUB_TOPIC}
-    ```
-    Setup your service account as described in ```Java Mobile Game``` section above.
-  
-    Produce data by using java injector:
-    * Configure your ~/.m2/settings.xml as following:
-      ```
-      <settings>
-        <profiles>
-          <profile>
-            <id>release-repo</id>
-            <activation>
-              <activeByDefault>true</activeByDefault>
-            </activation>
-            <repositories>
-              <repository>
-                <id>Release 2.4.0 RC3</id>
-                <name>Release 2.4.0 RC3</name>
-                <url>https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-1031/</url>
-              </repository>
-            </repositories>
-          </profile>
-        </profiles>
-      </settings>
-      ```
-      _Note_: You can found the latest  ```id```, ```name``` and ```url``` for one RC in the vote email thread sent out by Release Manager.
-    
-    * Run 
-      ```
-      mvn archetype:generate \
-            -DarchetypeGroupId=org.apache.beam \
-            -DarchetypeArtifactId=beam-sdks-java-maven-archetypes-examples \
-            -DarchetypeVersion=${RELEASE_VERSION} \
-            -DgroupId=org.example \
-            -DartifactId=word-count-beam \
-            -Dversion="0.1" \
-            -Dpackage=org.apache.beam.examples \
-            -DinteractiveMode=false
-            -DarchetypeCatalog=internal
-            
-      mvn compile exec:java -Dexec.mainClass=org.apache.beam.examples.complete.game.injector.Injector \
-        -Dexec.args="${YOUR_PROJECT} ${YOUR_PUBSUB_TOPIC} none"
-      ```
-  * Run Leaderboard with Direct Runner
-    ```
-    python -m apache_beam.examples.complete.game.leader_board \
-    --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} \
-    --topic projects/${YOUR_PROJECT}/topics/${YOUR_PUBSUB_TOPIC} \
-    --dataset ${USER}_test
-    ```
-    Inspect results:
-    * Check whether there is any error messages in console.
-    * Goto your BigQuery console and check whether your ${USER}_test has leader_board_users and leader_board_teams table.
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.leader_board_users
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.leader_board_teams
-  * Run Leaderboard with Dataflow Runner
-    ```
-    python -m apache_beam.examples.complete.game.leader_board \ 
-    --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} \ 
-    --topic projects/${YOUR_PROJECT}/topics/${YOUR_PUBSUB_TOPIC} \ 
-    --dataset ${USER}_test \ 
-    --runner DataflowRunner \ 
-    --temp_location=${YOUR_GS_BUCKET}/temp/ \ 
-    --sdk_location dist/*
-    ```
-    Inspect results:
-    * Goto your Dataflow job console and check whether there is any error.
-    * Goto your BigQuery console and check whether your ${USER}_test has leader_board_users and leader_board_teams table.
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.leader_board_users
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.leader_board_teams
-  * Run GameStats with Direct Runner
-    ```
-    python -m apache_beam.examples.complete.game.game_stats \
-    --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} \
-    --topic projects/${YOUR_PROJECT}/topics/${YOUR_PUBSUB_TOPIC} \
-    --dataset ${USER}_test \
-    --fixed_window_duration ${SOME_SMALL_DURATION}
-    ```
-    Inspect results:
-    * Check whether there is any error messages in console.
-    * Goto your BigQuery console and check whether your ${USER}_test has game_stats_teams and game_stats_sessions table.
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.game_stats_teams
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.game_stats_sessions
-
-  * Run GameStats with Dataflow Runner
-    ```
-    python -m apache_beam.examples.complete.game.game_stats \ 
-    --project=${YOUR_PROJECT} \ 
-    --topic projects/${YOUR_PROJECT}/topics/${YOUR_PUBSUB_TOPIC} \ 
-    --dataset ${USER}_test \ 
-    --runner DataflowRunner \ 
-    --temp_location=${YOUR_GS_BUCKET}/temp/ \ 
-    --sdk_location dist/* \
-    --fixed_window_duration ${SOME_SMALL_DURATION}
-    ```
-    Inspect results:
-    * Goto your Dataflow job console and check whether there is any error.
-    * Goto your BigQuery console and check whether your ${USER}_test has game_stats_teams and game_stats_sessions table.
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.game_stats_teams
-    * bq head -n 10 ${USER}_test.game_stats_sessions
-    
-### Checklist to proceed to the finalization step
-
-1. Community votes to release the proposed candidate, with at least three approving PMC votes
-
-**********
-
-## Fix any issues
-
-Any issues identified during the community review and vote should be fixed in this step. Additionally, any JIRA issues created from the initial branch verification should be fixed.
-
-Code changes should be proposed as standard pull requests to the `master` branch and reviewed using the normal contributing process. Then, relevant changes should be cherry-picked into the release branch. The cherry-pick commits should then be proposed as the pull requests against the release branch, again reviewed and merged using the normal contributing process.
-
-Once all issues have been resolved, you should go back and build a new release candidate with these changes.
-
-### Checklist to proceed to the next step
-
-1. Issues identified during vote have been resolved, with fixes committed to the release branch.
-2. All issues tagged with `Fix-Version` for the current release should be closed.
-
-**********
-
-## Finalize the release
-
-Once the release candidate has been reviewed and approved by the community, the release should be finalized. This involves the final deployment of the release candidate to the release repositories, merging of the website changes, etc.
-
-### Deploy artifacts to Maven Central Repository
-
-Use the Apache Nexus repository to release the staged binary artifacts to the Maven Central repository. In the `Staging Repositories` section, find the relevant release candidate `orgapachebeam-XXX` entry and click `Release`. Drop all other release candidates that are not being released.
-
-### Deploy Python artifacts to PyPI
-
-1. Create a new release and upload the Python zip file for the new release using the [PyPI UI] (https://pypi.python.org/pypi/apache-beam)
-1. Alternatively, use the command line tool to upload the new release `twine upload apache-beam-${RELEASE}.zip`
-
-Note: It is important to rename `apache-beam-${RELEASE}-python.zip` to `apache-beam-${RELEASE}.zip` before uploading, because PyPI expects a filename in the `<package-name>-<package-version>` format.
-
-#### Deploy source release to dist.apache.org
-
-Copy the source release from the `dev` repository to the `release` repository at `dist.apache.org` using Subversion.
-
-Move last release artifacts from `dist.apache.org` to `archive.apache.org` using Subversion. Then update download address for last release version, [example PR](https://github.com/apache/beam-site/pull/478).
-
-### Git tag
-
-Create and push a new signed tag for the released version by copying the tag for the final release candidate, as follows:
-
-    VERSION_TAG="v${RELEASE}"
-    git tag -s "$VERSION_TAG" "$RC_TAG"
-    git push github "$VERSION_TAG"
-
-### Merge website pull request
-
-Merge the website pull request to [list the release]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/), publish the [Python API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/pydoc/), and the [Java API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/) created earlier.
-
-### Mark the version as released in JIRA
-
-In JIRA, inside [version management](https://issues.apache.org/jira/plugins/servlet/project-config/BEAM/versions), hover over the current release and a settings menu will appear. Click `Release`, and select today’s date.
-
-### Recordkeeping with ASF
-
-Use reporter.apache.org to seed the information about the release into future project reports.
-
-### Checklist to proceed to the next step
-
-* Maven artifacts released and indexed in the [Maven Central Repository](https://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7Cg%3A%22org.apache.beam%22)
-* Source distribution available in the release repository of [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/)
-* Source distribution removed from the dev repository of [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/)
-* Website pull request to [list the release]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/) and publish the [API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/) merged
-* Release tagged in the source code repository
-* Release version finalized in JIRA. (Note: Not all committers have administrator access to JIRA. If you end up getting permissions errors ask on the mailing list for assistance.)
-* Release version is listed at reporter.apache.org
-
-**********
-
-## Promote the release
-
-Once the release has been finalized, the last step of the process is to promote the release within the project and beyond.
-
-### Apache mailing lists
-
-Announce on the dev@ mailing list that the release has been finished.
-
-Announce on the release on the user@ mailing list, listing major improvements and contributions.
-
-Announce the release on the announce@apache.org mailing list.
-
-### Social media
-
-Tweet, post on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms. Ask other contributors to do the same.
-
-Also, update [the Wikipedia article on Apache Beam](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Beam).
-
-### Checklist to declare the process completed
-
-1. Release announced on the user@ mailing list.
-1. Blog post published, if applicable.
-1. Release recorded in reporter.apache.org.
-1. Release announced on social media.
-1. Completion declared on the dev@ mailing list.
-1. Update Wikipedia Apache Beam article.
-
-**********
-
-## Improve the process
-
-It is important that we improve the release processes over time. Once you’ve finished the release, please take a step back and look what areas of this process and be improved. Perhaps some part of the process can be simplified. Perhaps parts of this guide can be clarified.
-
-If we have specific ideas, please start a discussion on the dev@ mailing list and/or propose a pull request to update this guide. Thanks!
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 01 - Prepare"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/prepare/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Prepare for the release
+
+*****
+
+Before your first release, you should perform one-time configuration steps. 
+This will set up your security keys for signing the release and access to various release repositories.
+
+To prepare for each release, you should audit the project status in the JIRA issue tracker,
+and do necessary bookkeeping. Finally, you should create a release branch from which individual release candidates will be built.
+
+__NOTE__: If you are using [GitHub two-factor authentication](https://help.github.com/articles/securing-your-account-with-two-factor-authentication-2fa/) and haven't configure HTTPS access, 
+please follow [the guide](https://help.github.com/articles/creating-a-personal-access-token-for-the-command-line/) to configure command line access.
+
+
+
+## One-time setup instructions
+
+
+
+### Accounts
+
+Please have these credentials ready at hand, you will likely need to enter them multiple times:
+
+ * GPG pass phrase (see the next section);
+ * Apache ID and Password;
+ * GitHub ID and Password:
+   * see the __NOTE__ in the previous section, some scripts might not work correctly if you have 
+   a multi-factor authentication enabled and SSH-access configured,
+   and might leave your local clone in an inconsistent state. 
+   In these cases you might want to use `git@github.com:apache/beam.git` style remote specification 
+   everywhere instead of `https://github.com/apache/beam.git` and double check what commands the script runs; 
+
+
+
+*****
+
+
+### GPG Key
+
+You need to have a GPG key to sign the release artifacts. 
+Please be aware of the ASF-wide [release signing guidelines](https://www.apache.org/dev/release-signing.html). 
+If you don’t have a GPG key associated with your Apache account, please create one according to the guidelines 
+([Apache PGP Guide](https://www.apache.org/dev/openpgp.html#generate-key)).
+
+There are 2 ways to configure your GPG key for release, either using release automation script or running all commands manually.
+
+
+#### Use preparation_before_release.sh to setup GPG
+
+* Script: [preparation_before_release.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/preparation_before_release.sh)
+  * for this and all other scripts you can run all the steps manually if the script fails at some point;
+  * even if you rely on the script please get acquainted with it first to understand what it is doing. 
+  Sometimes the scripts don't handle the errors correctly and might leave everything in an inconsistent state 
+  (e.g. if you fail to enter the GitHub password correctly multiple times); 
+
+* Usage
+  ```sh
+  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/preparation_before_release.sh
+  ```
+* Th script does the following:
+  1. Helps you create a new GPG key if you want.
+  1. Configures ```git user.signingkey``` with chosen pubkey.
+  1. Adds the chosen public key into [dev KEYS](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/KEYS) and [release KEYS](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/KEYS)
+     
+     **NOTES**: Only PMC can write into [release repo](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/).
+  1. Starts GPG agents.
+
+#### Submit your GPG public key into a PGP Public Key Server
+
+In order to make yourself have right permission to stage java artifacts in Apache Nexus staging repository, 
+please submit your GPG public key into [MIT PGP Public Key Server](http://pgp.mit.edu:11371/).
+
+If MIT doesn't work for you (it probably won't, it's slow, returns 502 a lot, Nexus might error out not being able to find the keys),
+use a keyserver at `ubuntu.com` instead: http://keyserver.ubuntu.com/.
+
+
+
+*****
+
+
+### Access to Apache Nexus repository
+
+Configure access to the [Apache Nexus repository](http://repository.apache.org/). It manages the Java artifacts and enables final
+deployment of releases to the Maven Central Repository.
+
+1. You log in with your Apache account.
+1. Confirm you have appropriate access by finding `org.apache.beam` under `Staging Profiles`.
+1. Navigate to your `Profile` (top right dropdown menu of the page).
+1. Choose `User Token` from the dropdown, then click `Access User Token`. Copy a snippet of the Maven XML configuration block.
+1. Insert this snippet twice into your global Maven `settings.xml` file, typically `${HOME}/.m2/settings.xml`. The end result should look like this, where `TOKEN_NAME` and `TOKEN_PASSWORD` are your secret tokens:
+
+```
+    <!-- make sure you have the root `settings node: -->
+    <settings>
+      <!-- then `servers` -->
+      <servers>
+        <!-- and then paste the `server` config for each server -->
+        <server>
+          <id>apache.releases.https</id>
+          <username>TOKEN_NAME</username>
+          <password>TOKEN_PASSWORD</password>
+        </server>
+        <server>
+          <id>apache.snapshots.https</id>
+          <username>TOKEN_NAME</username>
+          <password>TOKEN_PASSWORD</password>
+        </server>
+      </servers>
+    </settings>
+```
+
+__NOTE__: make sure the XML you end up with matches the structure above.
+
+
+*****
+
+
+### Website development setup
+
+Updating the Beam website requires submitting PRs to both the main `apache/beam`
+repo and the `apache/beam-site` repo. The first contains reference manuals
+generated from SDK code, while the second updates the current release version
+number.
+
+You should already have setup a local clone of `apache/beam`. Setting up a clone
+of `apache/beam-site` is similar:
+
+```sh
+$ git clone -b release-docs https://github.com/apache/beam-site.git
+$ cd beam-site
+$ git remote add <GitHub_user> git@github.com:<GitHub_user>/beam-site.git
+$ git fetch --all
+$ git checkout -b <my-branch> origin/release-docs
+```
+
+Further instructions on website development on `apache/beam` is
+[here](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/website). Background
+information about how the website is updated can be found in [Beam-Site
+Automation Reliability](https://s.apache.org/beam-site-automation).
+
+
+*****
+
+
+### Register to PyPI
+
+Release manager needs to have an account with PyPI. If you need one, [register at PyPI](https://pypi.python.org/account/register/).
+You also need to be a maintainer (or an owner) of the [apache-beam](https://pypi.python.org/pypi/apache-beam) 
+package in order to push a new release. Ask on the mailing list for assistance.
+
+
+*****
+
+
+### Create a new version in JIRA
+
+When contributors resolve an issue in JIRA, they are tagging it with a release that will contain their changes. 
+With the release currently underway, new issues should be resolved against a subsequent future release. 
+Therefore, you should create a release item for this subsequent release, as follows:
+
+__Attention__: Only PMC has permission to perform these tasks. If you are not a PMC, please ask for help on dev@ mailing list.
+
+1. In JIRA, navigate to [`Beam > Administration > Versions`](https://issues.apache.org/jira/plugins/servlet/project-config/BEAM/versions).
+1. Add a new release. Choose the next minor version number after the version currently underway, select the release cut date (today’s date) as the `Start Date`, and choose `Add`.
+1. At the end of the release, go to the same page and mark the recently released version as released. Use the `...` menu and choose `Release`.
+
+*****
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/create-branch/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Create Branch</a>
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 02 - Create Branch"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/create-branch/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Create the release branch
+
+*****
+
+
+Release candidates are built from a release branch. As a final step in preparation for the release,
+you should create the release branch in `apache/beam/ repository, push it to the Apache code repository,
+and update version information on the original branch.
+
+
+
+## Use `cut_release_branch.sh` to cut the release branch
+
+* Script: [cut_release_branch.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/cut_release_branch.sh)
+
+* Usage
+  ```sh
+  # Cut a release branch
+  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/cut_release_branch.sh \
+  --release=${RELEASE_VERSION} \
+  --next_release=${NEXT_VERSION}
+  
+  # Show help page
+  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/cut_release_branch.sh -h
+  ```
+
+* The script will:
+  1. Create `release-${RELEASE_VERSION}` branch locally.
+  1. Change and commit dev versoin number in master branch:
+  
+     [BeamModulePlugin.groovy](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/e8abafe360e126818fe80ae0f6075e71f0fc227d/buildSrc/src/main/groovy/org/apache/beam/gradle/BeamModulePlugin.groovy#L209),
+     [gradle.properties](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/e8abafe360e126818fe80ae0f6075e71f0fc227d/gradle.properties#L25),
+     [version.py](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/e8abafe360e126818fe80ae0f6075e71f0fc227d/sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py#L21)
+  1. Change and commit version number in release branch:
+  
+     [version.py](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/release-2.6.0/sdks/python/apache_beam/version.py#L21), 
+     [build.gradle](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/release-2.6.0/runners/google-cloud-dataflow-java/build.gradle#L39)
+
+
+*****
+
+## (Alternative) Create the release branch manually
+
+Instead of running `cut_release_branch.sh` you can run all the commands manually. 
+
+__NOTE__: For each step make sure you understand what the script does before running the commands.
+
+Run the commands from the script one-by-one manually:
+
+* Use Bash, as it's what the scripts are written for;
+
+* Check out the version of the codebase from which you start the release. For a new minor or major release, this may be `HEAD` of the `master` branch. To build a hotfix/incremental release, instead of the `master` branch, use the release tag of the release being patched.
+  (Please make sure your cloned repository is up-to-date before starting.)
+
+  **NOTE**: If you are doing an incremental/hotfix release (e.g. 2.5.1), please check out the previous release tag, rather than the master branch.
+
+* Set up a few environment variables to simplify Maven commands that follow, e.g. `RELEASE`, `NEXT_VERSION_IN_BASE_BRANCH`, etc.;
+  
+  **NOTE**: Only if you are doing an incremental/hotfix release (e.g. 2.5.1), please check out the previous release tag;
+
+  **NOTE**: After creating the release branch the script updates the master branch with the next version;
+
+* Create release branch locally;
+
+* Update version files in the `master` branch. E.g. `build_rules.gradle`, `gradle.properties`, `version.py`;
+
+* Update version files in release branch, e.g. `version.py`, `build.gradle` in Dataflow runner project;e
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Start a snapshot build
+
+Start a build of [the nightly snapshot](https://builds.apache.org/view/A-D/view/Beam/job/beam_Release_NightlySnapshot/) against master branch.
+Some processes, including our archetype tests, rely on having a live `SNAPSHOT` of the current version
+from the `master` branch. Once the release branch is cut, these `SNAPSHOT` versions are no longer found,
+so builds will be broken until a new snapshot is available.
+
+
+### Run `start_snapshot_build.sh` to trigger build
+
+* Script: [start_snapshot_build.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/start_snapshot_build.sh)
+
+* Usage
+  ```sh
+  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/start_snapshot_build.sh
+  ```
+
+* The script does the following:
+  1. Installs [hub](https://github.com/github/hub) with your agreement;
+  1. Touches an empty `txt` file and commits changes into ```${your remote beam repo}/snapshot_build```;
+  1. Uses `hub` to create a PR against `master`, which triggers a Jenkins job to build a snapshot;
+
+
+### Verify the `SNAPSHOT` build  
+
+Tasks you need to do manually
+  1. Check whether the Jenkins job gets triggered. If not, please comment ```Run Gradle Publish``` into the generated PR.
+  1. After verifying build succeeded, you need to close PR manually.
+
+*****
+
+### (Alternative) Start the snapshot build manually
+
+* Find one PR against `master` in Beam;
+* Comment  ```Run Gradle Publish``` in this pull request to trigger build;
+* Verify that build succeeds;
+
+*****
+
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/verify-branch/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Verify Branch</a>
diff --git a/website/src/contribute/release-guide/3-verify-branch.md b/website/src/contribute/release-guide/3-verify-branch.md
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 03 - Verify Branch"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/verify-branch/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Verify the release branch
+
+*****
+
+After the release branch is cut you need to make sure it builds and has no significant issues that would block the
+creation of the release candidate.
+
+
+## Run `verify_release_build.sh`
+* Script: [verify_release_build.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/verify_release_build.sh)
+
+* Usage
+
+  ```sh
+  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/verify_release_build.sh
+  ```
+
+* The script does the following:
+  1. Installs ```pip```, ```virtualenv```, ```cython``` and ```/usr/bin/time``` with your agreements;
+  2. Runs ```gradle release build``` against release branch;
+
+Basically it does `./gradlew build -PisRelease` from the root of Beam repository.
+This only verifies that everything builds with unit tests passing.
+
+To speed things up locally you might want to omit `--no-parallel`.
+You might want to omit `--continue` if you want the script to fail after the first error instead of continuing,
+it may be easier and faster to find environment issues this way without having to wait until the full build completes.
+
+There are some projects that don't produce the artifacts, e.g. `beam-test-tools``, you may be able to
+ignore failures there.
+
+To triage the failures and narrow things down you may want to look at `settings.gradle` and run the build only for the
+projects you're interested at the moment, e.g. `./gradlew :runners:java-fn-execution`. 
+
+
+
+### Verify the build succeeds
+
+Tasks you need to do manually:
+  1. Check the build result;
+  2. If build failed, scan log will contain all failures;
+  3. You should stabilize the release branch until release build succeeded;
+  4. The script will output a set of Jenkins phrases to enter in the created PR;
+
+*****
+
+## (Alternative) Run all commands manually
+
+Follow the scripts and run all the steps manually, overall you need to do:
+
+* Install python dependencies, e.g. `pip`, `virtualenv`, `cython`;
+
+* Run gradle release build, along these lines (check the script):
+
+  1. Unlock the secret key, e.g.:
+
+     ```sh
+     gpg --output ~/doc.sig --sign ~/.bashrc
+     ```
+
+  1. Run build command, e.g.:
+
+     ```sh
+     ./gradlew build -PisRelease
+     ```
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Create release-blocking issues in JIRA
+
+The `verify_release_build.sh` script may include failing or flaky tests. For each of the failing tests create a JIRA with the following properties:
+
+* Issue Type: Bug
+
+* Summary: Name of failing gradle task and name of failing test (where applicable) in form of *:MyGradleProject:SomeGradleTask NameOfFailedTest: Short description of failure*
+
+* Priority: Major
+
+* Component: "test-failures"
+
+* Fix Version: Release number of verified release branch
+
+* Description: Description of failure
+
+
+*****
+
+## Checklist to proceed to the next step
+
+* Release Manager’s GPG key is published to `dist.apache.org`;
+* Release Manager’s GPG key is configured in `git` configuration;
+* Release Manager has `org.apache.beam` listed under `Staging Profiles` in Nexus;
+* Release Manager’s Nexus User Token is configured in `settings.xml`;
+* JIRA release item for the subsequent release has been created;
+* All test failures from branch verification have associated JIRA issues;
+* There are no release blocking JIRA issues;
+* Release Notes in JIRA have been audited and adjusted;
+* Combined javadoc has the appropriate contents;
+* Release branch has been created;
+* There are no open pull requests to release branch;
+* Originating branch has the version information updated to the new version;
+* Nightly snapshot is in progress (do revisit it continually);
+
+
+
+**********
+
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/build-candidate/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Build the Release Candidate</a>
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 04 - Build Candidate"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/build-candidate/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Build a release candidate
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Checklist before proceeding
+
+* Release Manager’s GPG key is published to `dist.apache.org`;
+* Release Manager’s GPG key is configured in `git` configuration;
+* Release Manager has `org.apache.beam` listed under `Staging Profiles` in Nexus;
+* Release Manager’s Nexus User Token is configured in `settings.xml`;
+* JIRA release item for the subsequent release has been created;
+* All test failures from branch verification have associated JIRA issues;
+* There are no release blocking JIRA issues;
+* Release Notes in JIRA have been audited and adjusted;
+* Combined javadoc has the appropriate contents;
+* Release branch has been created;
+* There are no open pull requests to release branch;
+* Originating branch has the version information updated to the new version;
+* Nightly snapshot is in progress (do revisit it continually);
+
+**********
+
+
+## Build a release candidate
+
+The core of the release process is the build-vote-fix cycle. Each cycle produces one release candidate.
+The Release Manager repeats this cycle until the community approves one release candidate, which is then finalized.
+
+For this step, we recommend you using automation script to create a RC, but you still can perform all steps manually if you want. 
+
+### Run `build_release_candidate.sh` to create a release candidate
+
+* Script: [build_release_candidate.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/build_release_candidate.sh)
+
+* Usage
+  
+  ```
+  ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/build_release_candidate.sh
+  ```
+
+* The script does the following:
+  1. Runs gradle release to create rc tag and push source release into github repo.
+  1. Runs gradle publish to push java artifacts into Maven staging repo.
+     
+     __NOTE__: In order to public staging artifacts, you need to goto the staging repo to close the staging repository on Apache Nexus. 
+     When prompted for a description, enter “Apache Beam, version X, release candidate Y”.
+  1. Stages source release into dist.apache.org dev [repo](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/);
+  1. Stages, signs and hashes python binaries into dist.apache.ord dev repo python dir;
+  1. Creates a PR to update beam and beam-site, changes includes:
+     * Copy python doc into beam-site;
+     * Copy java doc into beam-site;
+     * Updates release version in [_config.yml](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/website/_config.yml);
+     
+### Tasks you need to do manually:
+  1. Add new release into `website/src/get-started/downloads.md`;
+  1. Update last release download links in `website/src/get-started/downloads.md`;
+  1. Update `website/src/.htaccess` to redirect to the new version;
+
+
+*****
+
+## (Alternative) Run all steps manually
+
+#### Build and stage Java artifacts with Gradle
+
+For all steps check what the script does:
+
+* Set up a few environment variables to simplify the commands that follow. These identify the release candidate being built,
+  and the branch where you will stage files. Start with `RC_NUM` equal to `1` and increment it for each candidate;
+
+* Make sure your git config will maintain your account;
+
+* Use Gradle release plugin to build the release artifacts, and push code and
+  release tag to the origin repository (this would be the Apache Beam repo);
+
+* Use Gradle publish plugin to stage these artifacts on the Apache Nexus repository;
+
+* Review all staged artifacts. They should contain all relevant parts for each module,
+  including `pom.xml`, `jar`, `-test.jar`, `javadoc`, etc. Artifact names should follow 
+  [the existing format](https://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7Cg%3A%22org.apache.beam%22).
+  
+  Carefully review any new artifacts.
+  
+#### Stage source release on dist.apache.org
+
+__Attention__: Only PMC members have permissions to perform following steps.
+
+* Copy the source release to the dev repository of `dist.apache.org`:
+
+  1. Check out the Beam section of the `dev` repository on `dist.apache.org` via Subversion;
+  1. Make a directory for the new release;
+  1. Download source zip from GitHub;
+  1. Create hashes and sign the source distribution;
+  1. Add and commit all the files;
+  1. Verify that files are [present](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam).
+
+#### Stage python binaries on dist.apache.org
+
+  1. Build python binaries in release branch in sdks/python dir.
+  1. Create hashes and sign the binaries
+
+### Close the staging repository on Apache Nexus
+
+Go to Nexus UI find the staging repository, hit the close button. 
+When prompted for a description, enter “Apache Beam, version X, release candidate Y”.
+
+If there were mistakes found, you can drop the staging repository and re-run the publication step.
+
+
+
+*****
+
+## Build and stage python wheels
+
+There is a wrapper repo [beam-wheels](https://github.com/apache/beam-wheels) to help build python wheels.
+
+If you are interested in how it works, please refer to the [structure section](https://github.com/apache/beam-wheels#structure).
+
+Please follow the [user guide](https://github.com/apache/beam-wheels#user-guide) to build python wheels.
+
+Once all python wheels have been staged [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/), 
+please run [./sign_hash_python_wheels.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/sign_hash_python_wheels.sh) to sign and hash python wheels.
+
+
+*****
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/triage-jira/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Triage Blockers</a>
diff --git a/website/src/contribute/release-guide/5-triage-jira.md b/website/src/contribute/release-guide/5-triage-jira.md
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 05 - Triage JIRAs"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/triage-jira/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+
+# Check the blockers
+
+
+******
+
+## Triage release-blocking issues in JIRA
+
+There could be outstanding release-blocking issues, which should be triaged before proceeding to build a release candidate.
+We track them by assigning a specific `Fix version` field even before the issue resolved.
+
+The list of release-blocking issues is available at the 
+[version status page](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM/?selectedTab=com.atlassian.jira.jira-projects-plugin:versions-panel). 
+Triage each unresolved issue with one of the following resolutions:
+
+For all JIRA issues:
+
+* If the issue has been resolved and JIRA was not updated, resolve it accordingly.
+
+For JIRA issues with type "Bug" or labeled "flaky":
+
+* If the issue is a known continuously failing test, it is not acceptable to defer this until the next release. Please work with the Beam community to resolve the issue.
+* If the issue is a known flaky test, make an attempt to delegate a fix. However, if the issue may take too long to fix (to the discretion of the release manager):
+  * Delegate manual testing of the flaky issue to ensure no release blocking issues.
+  * Update the `Fix Version` field to the version of the next release. Please consider discussing this with stakeholders and the dev@ mailing list, as appropriate.
+
+For all other JIRA issues:
+
+* If the issue has not been resolved and it is acceptable to defer this until the next release, update the `Fix Version` field to the new version you just created. Please consider discussing this with stakeholders and the dev@ mailing list, as appropriate.
+* If the issue has not been resolved and it is not acceptable to release until it is fixed, the release cannot proceed. Instead, work with the Beam community to resolve the issue.
+
+If there is a bug found in the RC creation process/tools, those issues should be considered high priority and fixed in 7 days.
+
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Review Release Notes in JIRA
+
+JIRA automatically generates Release Notes based on the `Fix Version` field applied to issues.
+Release Notes are intended for Beam users (not Beam committers/contributors).
+You should ensure that Release Notes are informative and useful.
+
+Open the release notes from the 
+[version status page](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM/?selectedTab=com.atlassian.jira.jira-projects-plugin:versions-panel) 
+by choosing the release underway and clicking Release Notes.
+
+You should verify that the issues listed automatically by JIRA are appropriate to appear in the Release Notes. 
+Specifically, issues should:
+
+* Be appropriately classified as `Bug`, `New Feature`, `Improvement`, etc.
+* Represent noteworthy user-facing changes, such as new functionality, backward-incompatible API changes, or performance improvements.
+* Have occurred since the previous release; an issue that was introduced and fixed between releases should not appear in the Release Notes.
+* Have an issue title that makes sense when read on its own.
+
+Adjust any of the above properties to the improve clarity and presentation of the Release Notes.
+
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Review cherry-picks
+
+Check if there are outstanding cherry-picks into the release branch, [e.g. for `2.14.0`](https://github.com/apache/beam/pulls?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=is%3Apr+base%3Arelease-2.14.0).
+
+Make sure they have blocker JIRAs attached and are OK to get into the release by checking with community if needed.
+
+
+*****
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/prepare-docs/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Prepare Documentation</a>
diff --git a/website/src/contribute/release-guide/6-prepare-docs.md b/website/src/contribute/release-guide/6-prepare-docs.md
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 06 - Prepare Docs"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/prepare-docs/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+
+# Prepare the documentation
+
+*****
+
+
+## Update and Verify Javadoc
+
+The build with `-PisRelease` creates the combined Javadoc for the release in `sdks/java/javadoc`.
+
+The file `sdks/java/javadoc/build.gradle` contains a list of modules to include
+in and exclude, plus a list of offline URLs that populate links from Beam's
+Javadoc to the Javadoc for other modules that Beam depends on.
+
+* Confirm that new modules added since the last release have been added to the
+  inclusion list as appropriate.
+
+* Confirm that the excluded package list is up to date.
+
+* Verify the version numbers for offline links match the versions used by Beam. If
+  the version number has changed, download a new version of the corresponding
+  `<module>-docs/package-list` file.
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Build the Pydoc API reference
+
+Make sure you have ```tox``` installed: 
+
+```
+pip install tox
+```
+
+Create the Python SDK documentation using sphinx by running a helper script.
+
+```
+cd sdks/python && tox -e docs
+```
+
+By default the Pydoc is generated in `sdks/python/target/docs/_build`. 
+
+Set `${PYDOC_ROOT}` be the absolute path to `_build`.
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Propose pull requests for website updates
+
+Beam publishes API reference manuals for each release on the website. For Java
+and Python SDKs, that’s Javadoc and PyDoc, respectively. The final step of
+building the candidate is to propose website pull requests that update these
+manuals.
+
+Merge the pull requests only after finalizing the release. To avoid invalid
+redirects for the 'current' version, merge these PRs in the order listed. Once
+the PR is merged, the new contents will get picked up automatically and served
+to the Beam website, usually within an hour.
+
+
+### Javadoc PR against `apache/beam-site`
+
+This pull request is against the `apache/beam-site` repo, on the `release-docs`
+branch.
+
+* Add the new Javadoc to [SDK API Reference page](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/) page, as follows:
+  * Unpack the Maven artifact `org.apache.beam:beam-sdks-java-javadoc` into some temporary location. Call this `${JAVADOC_TMP}`.
+  * Copy the generated Javadoc into the website repository: `cp -r ${JAVADOC_TMP} javadoc/${RELEASE}`.
+* Add the new Pydoc to [SDK API Reference page](https://beam.apache.org/releases/pydoc/) page, as follows:
+  * Copy the generated Pydoc into the website repository: `cp -r ${PYDOC_ROOT} pydoc/${RELEASE}`.
+  * Remove `.doctrees` directory.
+* Stage files using: `git add --all javadoc/ pydoc/`.
+
+
+
+### Website update for new release version
+
+This pull request is against the `apache/beam` repo, on the `master` branch.
+
+* Update the `release_latest` version flag in `/website/_config.yml`, and list
+  the new release in `/website/src/get-started/downloads.md`, linking to the
+  source code download and the Release Notes in JIRA.
+* Update the `RedirectMatch` rule in
+  [/website/src/.htaccess](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/website/src/.htaccess)
+  to point to the new release. See file history for examples.
+
+
+
+### Blog post
+
+Write a blog post similar to https://beam.apache.org/blog/2019/07/31/beam-2.14.0.html
+
+__Tip__: Use git log to find contributors to the releases. (e.g: `git log --pretty='%aN' ^v2.10.0 v2.11.0 | sort | uniq`).
+Make sure to clean it up, as there may be duplicate or incorrect user names.
+
+__NOTE__: Make sure to include any breaking changes, even to `@Experimental` features,
+all major features and bug fixes, and all known issues.
+
+Template:
+
+```
+
+    We are happy to present the new {$RELEASE_VERSION} release of Beam. This release includes both improvements and new functionality.
+    See the [download page]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/{$DOWNLOAD_ANCHOR}) for this release.<!--more-->
+    For more information on changes in {$RELEASE_VERSION}, check out the
+    [detailed release notes]({$JIRA_RELEASE_NOTES}).
+    
+    ## Highlights
+    
+     * New highly anticipated feature X added to Python SDK ([BEAM-X](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+     * New highly anticipated feature Y added to JavaSDK ([BEAM-Y](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-Y)).
+    
+    {$TOPICS e.g.:}
+    ### I/Os
+    * Support for X source added (Java) ([BEAM-X](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+    {$TOPICS}
+    
+    ### New Features / Improvements
+    
+    * X feature added (Python) ([BEAM-X](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+    * Y feature added (Java) [BEAM-Y](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-Y).
+    
+    ### Breaking Changes
+    
+    * X behavior was changed ([BEAM-X](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+    * Y behavior was changed ([BEAM-Y](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+    
+    ### Deprecations
+    
+    * X behavior is deprecated and will be removed in X versions ([BEAM-X](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+    
+    ### Bugfixes
+    
+    * Fixed X (Python) ([BEAM-Y](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-X)).
+    * Fixed Y (Java) ([BEAM-Y](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/BEAM-Y)).
+    
+    ### Known Issues
+    
+    * {$KNOWN_ISSUE_1}
+    * {$KNOWN_ISSUE_2}
+    
+    
+    ## List of Contributors
+    
+    According to git shortlog, the following people contributed to the 2.XX.0 release. Thank you to all contributors!
+    
+    ${CONTRIBUTORS}
+
+```
+
+
+*****
+
+## Checklist to proceed to the next step
+
+1. Maven artifacts deployed to the staging repository of [repository.apache.org](https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/);
+1. Source distribution deployed to the dev repository of [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/);
+1. Website pull request proposed to list the
+   [release]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/), 
+   publish the [Java API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/), 
+   and publish the [Python API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/pydoc/);
+
+You can (optionally) also do additional verification by:
+1. Check that Python zip file contains the `README.md`, `NOTICE`, and `LICENSE` files;
+1. Check hashes (e.g. `md5sum -c *.md5` and `sha1sum -c *.sha1`);
+1. Check signatures (e.g. `gpg --verify apache-beam-1.2.3-python.zip.asc apache-beam-1.2.3-python.zip`);
+1. `grep` for legal headers in each file;
+1. Run all jenkins suites and include links to passing tests in the voting email. (Select "Run with parameters");
+
+**********
+
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/validate-candidate/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Validate the Release Candidate</a>
diff --git a/website/src/contribute/release-guide/7-validate-candidate.md b/website/src/contribute/release-guide/7-validate-candidate.md
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 07 - Validate RC"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/validate-candidate/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Validate the RC and vote
+
+*****
+
+## Vote on the release candidate
+
+Once you have built and individually reviewed the release candidate, please share it for the community-wide review.
+Please review foundation-wide [voting guidelines](http://www.apache.org/foundation/voting.html) for more information.
+
+Start the review-and-vote thread on the dev@ mailing list. Here’s an email template; please adjust as you see fit.
+
+```
+From: Release Manager
+To: dev@beam.apache.org
+Subject: [VOTE] Release 1.2.3, release candidate #3
+
+Hi everyone,
+Please review and vote on the release candidate #3 for the version 1.2.3, as follows:
+[ ] +1, Approve the release
+[ ] -1, Do not approve the release (please provide specific comments)
+
+
+The complete staging area is available for your review, which includes:
+* JIRA release notes [1],
+* the official Apache source release to be deployed to dist.apache.org [2], which is signed with the key with fingerprint FFFFFFFF [3],
+* all artifacts to be deployed to the Maven Central Repository [4],
+* source code tag "v1.2.3-RC3" [5],
+* website pull request listing the release [6], publishing the API reference manual [7], and the blog post [8].
+* Java artifacts were built with Maven MAVEN_VERSION and OpenJDK/Oracle JDK JDK_VERSION.
+* Python artifacts are deployed along with the source release to the dist.apache.org [2].
+* Validation sheet with a tab for 1.2.3 release to help with validation [9].
+
+The vote will be open for at least 72 hours. It is adopted by majority approval, with at least 3 PMC affirmative votes.
+
+Thanks,
+Release Manager
+
+[1] https://jira.apache.org/jira/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?projectId=...
+[2] https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/1.2.3/
+[3] https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/KEYS
+[4] https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/orgapachebeam-NNNN/
+[5] https://github.com/apache/beam/tree/v1.2.3-RC3
+[6] https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/...
+[7] https://github.com/apache/beam-site/pull/...
+[8] https://github.com/apache/beam/pull/...
+[9] https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qk-N5vjXvbcEk68GjbkSZTR8AGqyNUM-oLFo_ZXBpJw/edit#gid=...
+```
+
+If there are any issues found in the release candidate, reply on the vote thread to cancel the vote.
+There’s no need to wait 72 hours. Proceed to the `Fix Issues` step below and address the problem. However, some issues don’t require cancellation.
+For example, if an issue is found in the website pull request, just correct it on the spot and the vote can continue as-is.
+
+If there are no issues, reply on the vote thread to close the voting. Then, tally the votes in a separate email.
+Here’s an email template; please adjust as you see fit.
+
+```
+From: Release Manager
+To: dev@beam.apache.org
+Subject: [RESULT] [VOTE] Release 1.2.3, release candidate #3
+
+I'm happy to announce that we have unanimously approved this release.
+
+There are XXX approving votes, XXX of which are binding:
+* approver 1
+* approver 2
+* approver 3
+* approver 4
+
+There are no disapproving votes.
+
+Thanks everyone!
+```
+
+
+*****
+
+
+## Run validation tests
+
+All tests listed in this [spreadsheet](https://s.apache.org/beam-release-validation)
+
+Since there are a bunch of tests, we recommend you running validations using automation script.
+In case of script failure, you can still run all of them manually.
+
+### Run validations using `run_rc_validation.sh`
+
+* Script: [run_rc_validation.sh](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/run_rc_validation.sh)
+
+* Usage
+  1. First update [script.config](https://github.com/apache/beam/blob/master/release/src/main/scripts/script.config) with correct config value (e.g. release version, rc number).
+  1. Then run
+     ```sh
+     ./beam/release/src/main/scripts/run_rc_validation.sh
+     ```
+
+The script runs quickstarts and mobile games examples on multiple SDKs and runners.
+
+* Tasks you need to do manually
+  1. Check whether validations succeed by following console output instructions.
+  1. Terminate streaming jobs and java injector.
+  1. Sign up [spreadsheet](https://s.apache.org/beam-release-validation).
+  1. Vote in the release thread.
+
+
+*****
+
+## Fix any issues
+
+Any issues identified during the community review and vote should be fixed in this step. Additionally, any JIRA issues created from the initial branch verification should be fixed.
+
+Code changes should be proposed as standard pull requests to the `master` branch and reviewed using the normal contributing process. Then, relevant changes should be cherry-picked into the release branch. The cherry-pick commits should then be proposed as the pull requests against the release branch, again reviewed and merged using the normal contributing process.
+
+Once all issues have been resolved, you should go back and build a new release candidate with these changes.
+
+
+*****
+ 
+## Checklist to proceed to the finalization step
+
+1. Community votes to release the proposed candidate. Make sure:
+   * there are at least three approving PMC votes;
+   * enough time is given to community to vote (the usual Apache guideline is at least 72 hours not including weekends);
+1. Issues identified during vote have been resolved, with fixes committed to the release branch.
+1. All issues tagged with `Fix-Version` for the current release should be closed.
+
+*****
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/finalize/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Finalize the Release</a>
diff --git a/website/src/contribute/release-guide/8-finalize.md b/website/src/contribute/release-guide/8-finalize.md
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 08 - Finalize"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/finalize/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Finalize the release
+
+*****
+
+Once the release candidate has been reviewed and approved by the community, the release should be finalized.
+This involves the final deployment of the release candidate to the release repositories, merging of the website changes, etc.
+
+## Deploy artifacts to Maven Central Repository
+
+Use the Apache Nexus repository to release the staged binary artifacts to the Maven Central repository.
+In the `Staging Repositories` section, find the relevant release candidate `orgapachebeam-XXX` entry and click `Release`.
+Drop all other release candidates that are not being released.
+
+The artifacts will disappear from Nexus immediately but will not appear in Maven Central for about an hour. Take a break.
+
+
+*****
+
+## Deploy Python artifacts to PyPI
+
+1. Download everything from https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/2.14.0/python/ ;
+2. Keep only things that you see in https://pypi.org/project/apache-beam/#files , e.g. `.zip`, `.whl`,
+   delete the `.asc`, `.sha512`;
+3. Upload the new release `twine upload .` from the directory with the `.zip` and `.whl` files;
+
+
+*****
+
+## Deploy source release to `dist.apache.org`
+
+Copy the source release from the `dev` repository to the `release` repository at `dist.apache.org` using Subversion.
+Move last release artifacts from `dist.apache.org` to `archive.apache.org` using Subversion. 
+
+__NOTE__: Only PMC members have permissions to do it, ping [dev@](mailto:dev@beam.apache.org) for assitance;
+
+Make sure the download address for last release version is upldaed, [example PR](https://github.com/apache/beam-site/pull/478).
+
+
+*****
+
+## Git tag
+
+Create and push a new **signed** tag for the released version by copying the tag for the final release candidate, as follows:
+
+```
+VERSION_TAG="v${RELEASE}"
+git tag -s "$VERSION_TAG" "$RC_TAG"
+git push github "$VERSION_TAG"
+```
+
+
+*****
+
+## Merge website pull requests
+
+* Merge the website pull request to [list the release]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/);
+* Merge the [Java API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/) created earlier, does not require LGTMs;
+* Publish the [Python API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/pydoc/);
+
+
+
+*****
+
+## Mark the version as released in JIRA
+
+In JIRA, inside [version management](https://issues.apache.org/jira/plugins/servlet/project-config/BEAM/versions),
+hover over the current release and a settings menu will appear. Click `Release`, and select today’s date.
+
+__NOTE__: Only PMC members have permissions to do it, ping [dev@](mailto:dev@beam.apache.org) for assitance;
+
+
+*****
+
+## Record keeping with ASF
+
+Use https://reporter.apache.org to seed the information about the release into future project reports.
+
+__NOTE__: Only PMC members have permissions to do it, ping [dev@](mailto:dev@beam.apache.org) for assitance;
+
+
+*****
+
+## Checklist to proceed to the next step
+
+* Maven artifacts released and indexed in the [Maven Central Repository](https://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7Cg%3A%22org.apache.beam%22);
+* Source distribution available in the release repository of [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/beam/);
+* Source distribution removed from the dev repository of [dist.apache.org](https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/beam/);
+* Website pull request to [list the release]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/downloads/) and publish the [API reference manual](https://beam.apache.org/releases/javadoc/) merged;
+* Release tagged in the source code repository;
+* Release version finalized in JIRA;
+* Release version is listed at reporter.apache.org;
+
+**********
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/post-release/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Promote the Release</a>
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide: 09 - Post Release"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/post-release/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Promote the release
+
+Once the release has been finalized, the last step of the process is to promote the release within the project and beyond.
+
+## Apache mailing lists
+
+Announce on the [dev@](mailto:dev@beam.apache.org) mailing list that the release has been finished.
+
+Announce on the release on the [user@](mailto:user@beam.apache.org) mailing list, listing major improvements and contributions.
+
+Announce the release on the [announce@apache.org](mailto:announce@apache.org) mailing list.
+__NOTE__: This can only be done from `@apache.org` email address. Good luck.
+
+## Social media
+
+Tweet, post on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other platforms. Ask other contributors to do the same.
+
+Also, update [the Wikipedia article on Apache Beam](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Beam).
+
+*********
+
+## Checklist to declare the process completed
+
+1. Release announced on `user@`;
+1. Blog post published;
+1. Release recorded in `reporter.apache.org`;
+1. Release announced on social media;
+1. Completion declared on `dev@`;
+1. Wikipedia Apache Beam article updated;
+
+**********
+
+# Improve the process
+
+It is important that we improve the release processes over time. Once you’ve finished the release,
+please take a step back and look what areas of this process and be improved. 
+Perhaps some part of the process can be simplified. Perhaps parts of this guide can be clarified.
+
+If we have specific ideas, please start a discussion on the `dev@` mailing list and/or propose a pull request to update this guide. Thanks!
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+---
+layout: section
+title: "Beam Release Guide"
+section_menu: section-menu/contribute.html
+permalink: /contribute/release-guide/
+redirect_from:
+ - /release-guide/
+---
+<!--
+Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+You may obtain a copy of the License at
+
+http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
+
+Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
+See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+limitations under the License.
+-->
+
+# Apache Beam Release Guide
+
+*****
+
+### Introduction
+
+The Apache Beam project periodically declares and publishes releases. A release is one or more packages of the project artifact(s) that are approved for general public distribution and use. They may come with various degrees of caveat regarding their perceived quality and potential for change, such as “alpha”, “beta”, “incubating”, “stable”, etc.
+
+The Beam community treats releases with great importance. They are a public face of the project and most users interact with the project only through the releases. Releases are signed off by the entire Beam community in a public vote.
+
+Each release is executed by a *Release Manager*, who is selected among the Beam committers. This document describes the process that the Release Manager follows to perform a release. Any changes to this process should be discussed and adopted on the [dev@ mailing list]({{ site.baseurl }}/get-started/support/).
+
+Please remember that publishing software has legal consequences. This guide complements the foundation-wide [Product Release Policy](http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html) and [Release Distribution Policy](http://www.apache.org/dev/release-distribution).
+
+### Overview
+
+![Alt text]({{ "/images/release-guide-1.png" | prepend: site.baseurl }} "Release Process"){:width="100%"}
+
+The release process consists of several steps:
+
+1. Decide to release
+1. Prepare for the release
+1. Build a release candidate
+1. Vote on the release candidate
+1. During vote process, run validation tests
+1. If necessary, fix any issues and go back to step 3.
+1. Finalize the release
+1. Promote the release
+
+**********
+
+### Decide to release
+
+Deciding to release and selecting a Release Manager is the first step of the release process. This is a consensus-based decision of the entire community.
+
+Anybody can propose a release on the dev@ mailing list, giving a solid argument and nominating a committer as the Release Manager (including themselves). There’s no formal process, no vote requirements, and no timing requirements. Any objections should be resolved by consensus before starting the release.
+
+If you're not a committer you might not be able to perform most of the steps.
+
+Some steps require PMC permissions so you will need to reach out to get help if you're not a PMC member.
+
+### Checklist to proceed to the next step
+
+1. Community agrees to release
+1. Community selects a Release Manager
+
+**********
+
+<a class="button button--primary" href="{{'/contribute/release-guide/prepare/'|prepend:site.baseurl}}">Next Step: Prepare for Release</a>


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