Category: Continuous Delivery

Net Promoter Score + Feature Flags for canary releases

Canary releases are a DevOps best practice of pushing new features to a subset of your customers. By pushing to a subset, this group can provide early feedback, verify functionality, and act as “canaries” to your entire population. Originally, canary had a negative connotation – miners took canaries down into mines, as canaries were more […]

Controlling Releases with Microsoft VSTS + LaunchDarkly

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) enables development teams to build, integrate, test, and release new software in a single platform. It has a centralized version control system that allows for continuous integration, package management, and release management. Together, these components enable agile teams to move faster in a more centralized manner while also minimizing […]

Stackoverflow Feature Flag Discussion

This stackoverflow discussion provides an overview of feature flags/toggles at their very core. A ‘feature flag’ (or Feature Toggle) is the ability to turn features (sub-sections) of your application on/off at a moments notice. I guess the example there was that it’s handy to have the control to reduce the feature-set somewhat if you need […]

Beta testing without the risk – LaunchDarkly raises $8.7m

This article by Jeffrey Lee highlights the recent funding announcement from LaunchDarkly, a company specializing in feature flags that allows companies to beta launch software with less risk. Last month, LaunchDarkly raised $8.7m from DFJ, with SoftTechVC and Bloomberg Beta following on.  DFJ’s portfolio has had huge wins like Box, Twilio, SolarCity and Tesla.  This […]

MAKE YOUR NEXT REDESIGN YOUR LAST

This article by Sam Moore discusses the intricacies of a redesign, and the do’s and dont’s, including best practices. In certain situations sites that have grown truly dated sometimes need a more intense, focused design effort to move away from the pattern of periodic redesigns. The best strategy in a case like this is to […]

PODCAST – To Be Continuous: Goal Setting

In this episode, Edith and Paul talk about OKRs and other goal-setting methods. Hear them discuss the good, the bad and the “gameability” of measuring success. The pair remind us that there are learnings in the journey, not just the destination, despite what the term “growth hacking” might have you believe. This is episode #28 in […]

LaunchDarkly gets $8.7M for feature flag management

LaunchDarkly originally launched to nail a big pain point for developers that has been a luxury at larger companies for a while — soft-launching features and new code for a small set of users seamlessly and being able to quickly roll them back. But since the company launched and last raised $2.6 million in June, […]

Feature Toggles at Skylight

Skylight’s article on feature toggles shows how they allow their VIP customers (“Insiders”) to flip on features via a UI.  This allows users to control their own experience and experiment with new features before they are released. Skylight Insiders get a behind-the-scenes peek at features in development, allowing them to start using new features as […]

9 Chapter Comprehensive Guide to Feature Flagging

This github guide about feature flagging is open to contributors.  It talks about feature flagging best practices, avoiding technical debt, database migrations, and implementation strategies. An interesting overview of everything related to feature toggling. Table of Contents Introduction Uses Getting Started Cleaning Up Best Practices Flags vs Branching Blue-Green Deployments Database Migrations Implementation  

Soft Launches Using Feature Flags

This article discusses the benefits of using feature flags for soft launching new features. A feature flagged soft launch changes this. It allows you to mitigate the risk of feature releases and incrementally roll out a feature to your users. Some benefits include: Releasing a feature ‘off’ in production and then slowly rolling it out […]

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