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commit ba395361f1be06d26eb70d5c4423c83f803ea11f
Author: Kenn Knowles <k...@kennknowles.com>
AuthorDate: Tue Jan 30 19:57:45 2018 -0800

    Add nightly snapshot build to the release guide
---
 src/contribute/release-guide.md | 28 ++++++++++++++++++----------
 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)

diff --git a/src/contribute/release-guide.md b/src/contribute/release-guide.md
index ddddea6..7feeba7 100644
--- a/src/contribute/release-guide.md
+++ b/src/contribute/release-guide.md
@@ -226,21 +226,29 @@ In the release branch, update the Python SDK version to 
the release version (e.g
 
 1. Update archetypes:
    
[example](https://github.com/apache/beam/commit/d375cfa126fd7be9eeeec34f39c2b9b856f324bf)
-1. Update runner specific configurations:
+2. Update runner specific configurations:
    
[example](https://github.com/apache/beam/commit/f572328ce23e70adee8001e3d10f1479bd9a380d)
 
+### Start a snapshot build
+
+Start a build of [the nightly 
snapshot](https://builds.apache.org/view/A-D/view/Beam/job/beam_Release_NightlySnapshot/).
+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.
+
 ### Checklist to proceed to the next step
 
 1. Release Manager’s GPG key is published to `dist.apache.org`
-1. Release Manager’s GPG key is configured in `git` configuration
-1. Release Manager has `org.apache.beam` listed under `Staging Profiles` in 
Nexus
-1. Release Manager’s Nexus User Token is configured in `settings.xml`
-1. JIRA release item for the subsequent release has been created
-1. There are no release blocking JIRA issues
-1. Release Notes in JIRA have been audited and adjusted
-1. Combined javadoc has the appropriate contents.
-1. Release branch has been created
-1. Originating branch has the version information updated to the new version
+2. Release Manager’s GPG key is configured in `git` configuration
+3. Release Manager has `org.apache.beam` listed under `Staging Profiles` in 
Nexus
+4. Release Manager’s Nexus User Token is configured in `settings.xml`
+5. JIRA release item for the subsequent release has been created
+6. There are no release blocking JIRA issues
+7. Release Notes in JIRA have been audited and adjusted
+8. Combined javadoc has the appropriate contents.
+9. Release branch has been created
+10. Originating branch has the version information updated to the new version
+11. Nightly snapshot is in progress (do revisit it continually)
 
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