Alex Thissen

Flagging your features - a DevOps approach to continuous release

Your DevOps team wants to deliver business value as often and fast as possible. Ideally you want to release a new feature whenever it seems ready. With feature flags you can achieve this selective releasing, but how do you do this in a structure and maintainable way that fits well with DevOps practices?
In this session we will look at the implementation of feature flags in cloud native applications, the platform needed to support it and some strategies and patterns related to feature flagging, such as rings and A/B testing. You will learn how to build and maintain this using the Microsoft platform with .NET Core applications, Azure and Azure DevOps. Also, we will cover how to get feedback from the feature flags and loop it back to the deployment and release pipelines and environments to achieve an automated and stable system during release.
At the end of this session you know how to get started with feature flags for continuous release DevOps style.

Alex Thissen

Cloud buster

Alex is an application development enthusiast since the late nineties and works as an architect, lead developer and mentor at large enterprises and small companies. He spends his time teaching other developers the details of the Microsoft development platform and frameworks, and coaches architects to design and build modern distributed applications at cloud scale. He has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Visual Studio and Development Technologies 15 times. In his spare time Alex likes to participate in all kinds of sport, and loves playing and programming new and retro video games.

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