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Ben Nadel at CFinNC 2009 (Raleigh, North Carolina) with: Zeljka Majetic
Ben Nadel at CFinNC 2009 (Raleigh, North Carolina) with: Zeljka Majetic ( @zeljkaNYC )

Feature Flags Book: Getting From No To Yes

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It's not enough; but not enough is better than nothing.

— Phillip Atiba Goff

In an organization where features must be fully completed before being deployed, the people who say "No" to a deployment might characterize themselves as "protecting" the customer and the customer experience. By holding back until a feature is "perfect", "lovable", and beyond reproach, these gatekeepers might even position themselves as being the true champions of the customer; and, the ones keeping the rest of the organization under control.

But, saying "No" starts to feel very different when you're using feature flags to incrementally deploy a feature to production. Unlike a feature deployment, which represents a potentially large amount of coordinated work, a feature release—using feature flags—is nothing more than a flip of the switch. This alters the social dynamic within the organization.


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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