For every new project, one of the first questions to answer when planning release system is “How to define a product versions?”. Now I know the default answer for this question: “Just look at the Semantic Versioning Specification!. It looks very natural: X.Y.Z where X is major version, Y is minor version and Z is the patch (hotfix) version of the product. X,Y,Z are non-negative numbers. See full specification for details, it is not big, just 12 points.
One more book worth reading - “Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams” by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. It’s essentially a Holy Bible for every manager!
This book may help to make a product releasing and delivery to be more frequent and less painful.