Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

A journey into feature toggles

Pete Hodgson (Earnest)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Adopt This Now
Location: Ballroom F
Level: Beginner

Who is this presentation for?

  • Tech leads and architects

What you'll learn

  • Gain a foundational overview of the feature toggle concept, along with an understanding that you should not treat all types of toggles the same way


Feature toggles (aka feature flags) are a set of patterns that enable dev teams to deliver features to users rapidly but safely. Pete Hodgson leads you on a journey with a dev team as they adopt feature toggles, covering what they are, why they’re helpful, and how to use them successfully. Along the way, you’ll discover that feature toggles cover a broader set of use cases than you might initially think. You’ll also create a categorization scheme for different types of toggles and learn why it’s important to manage the various types of toggles in different ways, even if they share a common underlying implementation. Pete discusses different ways to store toggle configuration and shares some pro tips on how to succeed with feature toggles and how to prevent them from getting out of control.

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Pete Hodgson


Pete Hodgson is an engineering lead at Earnest. He loves to build software teams which deliver awesome software at a sustainable pace. He blurghs at and toots as @ph1.

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