Since the engine has been stabilized and has become rather feature complete, we now work with a varying release cycle, normally but not necessarily around 2 months. Please check the calendar below for the next dates. See blog post about activity in Activiti project for some more insides.
Then there is 1 week we call the release-week. The release week starts on the code freeze day. On the morning after the code freeze day, a tag is created for the release. It is assumed that all coding work has been completed by that time, but practice learns that this should be checked with the group ;-) After the versions are updated on the branch, we start with pointing the continuous integration jobs to the branch and start smoke testing. Once that is OK, the publishing of the release can begin.
Current Release (5.11):