Engineering the Future of Software
29–31 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
31 Oct–1 Nov 2018: Training
London, UK

All The World's A Staging Server

Heidi AT HOME (LaunchDarkly)
13:1514:05 Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Best Practice

Who is this presentation for?

DevOps, people working on cloud transformation

Prerequisite knowledge

Basic understanding of typical deployment processes. Some interest or understanding about deployment problems.

What you'll learn

The audience will leave with some questions to ask about their environment and whether their processes are optimized and modern, given the number of ways deployment has changed in the cloud era.


I have sad news – staging is a lie and will never be identical to production, because production is unknowable. Trying to replicate it is often prohibitively expensive.

But I also have good news – production can contain multitudes, including features you aren’t ready to turn on or activate yet. You can hide in the dark and do integration testing at the same time.

It’s simplistic to say that you should just kill the idea of a staging server and do everything in production. There are obviously problems with that – you need to do unit testing, you need to avoid things that will take down a service, you may need to do essential cutovers. But it’s worth examining what benefit you’re getting from staging and whether you could re-allocate that effort.

Join me for an exploration of the ways that you might be able to kill staging and perform better.

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Heidi is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she’s sure there is a pocket for the mic.

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