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Ben Nadel at cf.Objective() 2009 (Minneapolis, MN) with: Jared Rypka-Hauer
Ben Nadel at cf.Objective() 2009 (Minneapolis, MN) with: Jared Rypka-Hauer ( @ArmchairDeity )

Feature Flags Book: Not Everything Can Be Feature Flagged

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Once you begin weaving feature flags into your product development life-cycle, it can become hard to imagine any other way of working. But, not every type of change can—or should—be put behind a feature flag. Sometimes, the level of effort isn't worth the added complexity.

At the end of the day, anything is possible when given the necessary time and resources. But, not everything is worth the cost of implementation. Feature flags should be relatively easy to use—they should be simplifying the amount of work you have to do in order to make changes in a production application. If the path forward isn't clear, it's possible that the change you're making isn't a good match for feature flags.

And, that's OK.


In 2023, I published a book titled, "Feature Flags: Transform Your Product Development Workflow". This book contains everything that I've learned over the last 7 years about integrating feature flags into my product development. But, a static book can only take you so far. In an effort to make the book more interactive, I've created a series of blog posts—one per chapter—that provide a place in which the readers and I can discuss the content. You can purchase the book and / or read a preview of each chapter on the book's mini-site. Feel free to leave a question or a comment down below.

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