Feature Toggle provides a mechanism for including pending features that take longer than a single release cycle as a part of CI/CD. The technique allows developers to release a version of a product that has unfinished features. These unfinished feature are hidden (toggled) so they do not appear in the delivered version. When the feature is done and complete we can have it as part of the release and the toggle is then removed.
 
This session will cover the basics of Feature Toggle along with a technical walk through of code in the session to understand what is Feature Toggle, why we need it and what are the business contexts in which we can use it. The live demo will cover the libraries that support Feature Toggle and we can also talk about the design patterns that can and should be used with this feature. The session will enable us to understand when to use Feature Toggle and what are the lessons learnt on its usage.
 
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

 

The high level agenda of the session will be :

  • What is Feature Toggle
  • Business context –Why we need Feature Toggle
  • Types of Toggles
  • Considerations when using toggles
  • How – Technical Implementation Case Study
  • Lessons Learnt

Learning Outcome

At the end of the session the audience would walk away with the understanding of feature toggle and how we can use it. They will understand when and when not to use this feature and how this adds value and makes for a "lean" the development cycle.

Target Audience

developers, testers, project owners, scrum masters,

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Kalpna,

    As you can see from the comments this is an interesting topic. Can you please point to a blog or article, which will help us better understand what you/your team has done in this area? I'm looking for some real-world example and insights.

    Also request you to please provide us a short video to understand your presentation skills. Video from past presentation or a 2 min trailer of your talk will really help. 

    • Kalpna Gulati
      By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Naresh,

      I have a post on Feature Toggle on linked in

      https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/avoid-merge-hell-using-feature-toggles-kalpna-prakash?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish

      I would shortly send you a video as I don't have one handy right now.

      Thank you,

      Warm Regards,

      Kalpna

      • Joel Tosi
        By Joel Tosi  ~  2 years ago
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        Hi Kalpna,

            Would it be a good experience / good value to attendees if you were to shorten this session down to 20 minutes and deliver it more as a case study?  I'm confident that our attendees would understand feature toggles - hearing your story of what worked, what didn't, how you managed toggles, would be interesting.  What do you think?

         

        Best,

        Joel

         

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Kalpna,

        Thanks much for the submission.  Feature toggles is a pretty relevant topic right now.  The challenge I see with teams isn't in how to get started using them so much as how they evolve, how to remove them, etc.  Will your session cover that?  I.e. after the first toggle is in, now what?  How does it move, remove, etc.

     

    Thanks much,

    Joel

    • Kalpna Gulati
      By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Joel,

      I have uploaded the Agenda for the session. The slides are still a WIP. Would upload as soon as am done fully. The Agenda will however give a flavour of the session.

      Thanks and Warm Regards,

      Kalpna

    • Kalpna Gulati
      By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Joel,

      The session would definitely aim at the following:

      - When to use toggles

      - When not to use toggles

      - Life cycle of a toggle that woulod cover everyhting from setting a toggle to removing it

      - Implications of not removing the toggles 

      - Impact of excessive use of toggles.

      Please let me know if this makes sense.

      Thank You,

      Warm Regards,

      Kalpna

  • steve ropa
    By steve ropa  ~  2 years ago
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    Hi Kalpna, this looks like it could be an intresting topic.  Do you have any slides you can post as an example of how you might present this?

     

    Thanks, Steve

    • Kalpna Gulati
      By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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      Hey Steve,

       

      As promised I have uploaded the Agenda for tehs ession. The slides are still a WIP. Would upload as soon as am done fully. The Agenda will however give a flavour of teh session.

      Thanks and Warm Regards,

      Kalpna

    • Kalpna Gulati
      By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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      Hi Steve,

       

      The slides are a work in progress. The intent of the session is to walk through the audience with live example of how Feature toggle works and where it fits in the Agile Development Cycle.

      Thanks,

      Warm Regards,

      Kalpna

      • Kalpna Gulati
        By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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        Would try posting a few slides in a weeks time from now.

        • Shiv Sivaguru
          By Shiv Sivaguru  ~  2 years ago
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          Kalpna,

          for the topics to be covered, would you need 45 minutes?

          It might be better value to be crisp and share it asn an experience report.

          Without more details, I am not sure how the atendees will be engaged for a long session to understand the feature toggle technique.

          • Kalpna Gulati
            By Kalpna Gulati  ~  2 years ago
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            Hi Siva,

            I was planning to include a code walkthrough for the same. This will help us demonstrate Agile beyond processes.But in case you feel that since the audience would be diverse and a code walk through may not add value, please feel free to let me know.

            Thanks,

            Warm Regards,

            Kalpna

  • Akash Bhatia
    By Akash Bhatia  ~  2 years ago
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    You pulled me in by including CI/CD in your case study.

    looking forward to this presentation, but when, how and where its gonna happen ??? 

  • Sushant Misra
    By Sushant Misra  ~  2 years ago
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    I believe this is a great feature which would minimize the issues created by doing repeated merges and releases, when mutiple features are being developed using different branches, for example in SVN. I would also be interested in attending this session.

  • Gurtej Pal Singh
    By Gurtej Pal Singh  ~  2 years ago
    reply Reply

    Looking forward to this session


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