Maven 2.0 Design Documents
Maven 2.0 Use Cases
IRC Log Design Discussion 26 May 2005
Jesse McConnell and John Casey (transcript from IRC)
Jesse McConnell and John Casey on IRC, 01-Feb-2007
Jesse McConnell and John Casey on IRC, 31-Jan-2007
Not up-to-date so if brought up to date it could be included back in but Maven has no real competitors anyway.
These are John's release notes for 2.0.3, but the process has been largely automated for 2.0.5+ and the ant tasks are now separate.
Maven Release Process