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Ben Nadel at cf.Objective() 2013 (Bloomington, MN) with: Max Pappas
Ben Nadel at cf.Objective() 2013 (Bloomington, MN) with: Max Pappas ( @maxian )

Feature Flags Book: Building Inclusive Products

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The hard part about the idea of "minimum viable product," for me, is you don't know what "minimum" is, and you don't know what "viable" is.

— Ben Silbermann (co-founder of Pinterest)

In the digital product space, an EPD (Engineering, Product, Design) organization, is often described as a partnership. At work, we even referred to this as the three-legged stool—a metaphor which depicts each leg/department as being an equally important part of the overall product design process.

But, this is an idealized version of reality. More often, the EPD organization is built like a Totem pole; with Product at the top, Design in the middle, and lowly Engineering down at the bottom. This is much less like a partnership and much more like an assembly line.

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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