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Why would I want to decouple deployment from release?

Last week, I spoke about the foundational idea of decoupling deployment from release. This week, let’s answer the question, “Why would I want to?” At a high level, there are really just two reasons: #1: You want to prevent code that’s still a work in progress from being exposed to users…

Dave Karow
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Decoupling Deploy from Release: An Essential Foundation

Recently, there was a very active twitter thread that started when John Cutler asked whether everyone knew about the idea of decoupling deploy and release: From the replies, retweets, and likes, it was pretty clear that not everyone knew about decoupling deploy from release, and how feature flags make that…

Dave Karow
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Are You Using Feature Flags for Controlled Rollouts, but Winging It for Observability?

How do you know if your rollouts are going well and should be ramped up or are surfacing issues that need to be fixed before you ramp up? That’s the focus of today’s post and video.

Dave Karow
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Video: Experimentation for Speed, Safety & Learning in CD

Here’s the video of my talk, “Experimentation for Speed, Safety & Learning in CD” delivered at QCon New York 2019. I’ve edited it down to 39 minutes, so you can easily fit this into a lunch hour or possibly a commute. Text and screenshots follow the video below. Transcript and…

Dave Karow
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What’s The Difference Between Feature Flags and Other “Flags” in Software Engineering?

When I hit the road and chat with people at shows and meetups, I’ll often ask, “Do you use feature flags?” More often than not, the answer is “Yes.” Then I started asking follow-up questions and discovered a confusion we need to clear up.

Dave Karow
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If You Are Doing Experimentation, Do You Need a Roadmap?

“We’re agile, so we don’t need a product roadmap.” In an increasingly agile world, I’ve heard this statement and variations of it time and time again. Organizations implementing agile methods often struggle to see how and where a long-term strategy fits in while working under a philosophy built on uncertainty.…

Jim Semick
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The 5 Phases of a Feature Launch

Feature launches in leading engineering teams increasingly look like a ramp rather than a one time switch, going through dogfooding, debugging, max power ramp, scalability and learning phases.

Adil Aijaz
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Release Frequency: A Need for Speed

If your release train is moving slower than you would like, take a look at these three essential ingredients you should have.

Adil Aijaz
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Forrester: AD&D Pros Need to Stop Guessing and Start Experimenting

Learn how experimentation platforms help development teams test ideas directly with customers and enable continuous delivery with lower risk.

Lenore Adam

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