Manage technical debt
Sustainable software development is about balancing short- and long-term goals. A product needs to grow with new features and capabilities while ensuring that the codebase remains maintainable and well-understood so that the business can add new features.
Feature toggle with strategy constraints enable a new set of working efficiently with feature toggles in a developer workflow. A typical use case for Strategy constraints is that you want a feature toggle enabled for everyone in QA but only for a limited set of users in production. So far there have been different workarounds to enable this
The resilience of your preferred feature toggle service is critical to consider. Setup the strategies for how to handle different scenarios for if the feature toggle service is not reachable over the network is part of your feature toggle best practices.
Feature toggle systems seems like the obvious choice for a software-as-a-service? It is not always the better choice – as always, it depends on your context. Unleash is the flexible feature toggle system. Software-as-a-service or self-hosted – it is your choice.
Feature toggles, such as unleash-hosted, are a great tool to enable A/B/n experiments. Talking to customers, we often find that many are really eager to start experimenting but they often find it a bit difficult to get started. Blockers may be many, one that we repeatedly hear is inter-team dependency to get up and running. At unleash-hosted we truly believe that development teams shall be as autonomous as absolutely possible.
Canary deployment saves software solutions from crashing while upgrading them to a new version. This approach is a win-win situation for the development company and the users. It does not affect the user experience and saves the business for application owners.
Feature toggle driven develop development has been around for some time. Given the wave of DevOps and Continuous Deployments we are currently facing, the popularity of feature toggle pattern is rapidly increasing. Feature toggles aka feature flags are a common practice to enable trunk based development. Rezvan Mahdavi-Hezaveh et. al. from North Carolina State University recently released a paper researching “What are the feature toggle practices that software practitioners use?” and “How frequently are feature toggle practices used?”. This is our thoughts on the findings – and your key takeaways to improve your best practices in your organization.
Feature toggles provides some great opportunities when it comes to decreasing time-to-market while keeping control of possible issues impacting your end users. Still, we believe it is important to be cautious about the feature toggle lifetime.
Most businesses today are in the middle of a digital transformation, their customers expect digital, seamless and adaptive solutions for them. We believe that the businesses that will be tomorrow’s winners in this game, are those that are able to innovate and learn at a high speed. The question is how to stay in control when the speed of change is rocket high?