Tag: continuous deployment

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 […]

A New Way To Beta Test – Using feature toggles to run beta tests

This article sheds light on using feature toggles to control beta releases and target specific users: To overcome these challenges, smart product teams are beginning to run betas with feature flags/toggles. These are mechanisms for granularly controlling software releases, allowing you to control the timing and visibility of a beta release. Currently, many betas are […]

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 […]

Feature Toggle Slide Deck

The presentation by Anand Agrawal covers the pros and cons of using feature toggles for application management.  It goes over some tips for implementing flags in your stack and discusses some of the things to look out for in the long-run (like avoiding technical debt).

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