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This list covers various aspects of feature flagging, from specific techniques and strategies to broader concepts related to the implementation and management of feature flags in software development and operations.

A/B testing

Comparing two versions of a web page or app against each other to determine which one performs better.

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Auditing and logging of flag changes

Keeping track of changes made to feature flags for accountability and troubleshooting.

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Beta testing

Testing a pre-release version of software by a select group of users in a real-world environment.

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Blue-green deployment

A method of deploying and releasing applications by switching between two identical environments that are only differentiated by their version of the deployed application.

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Canary release

Gradually rolling out changes to a small subset of users to test and validate before a full deployment.

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Continuous delivery

A software development practice where code changes are automatically prepared for a release to production.

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Continuous deployment

Automatically deploying every valid change to production without explicit approval.

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Continuous Improvement

The concept of continuously refining processes, products, or services to achieve incremental enhancements over time.

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Continuous Integration

The practice of frequently integrating code changes into a shared repository, ensuring early detection of integration errors.

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Dark launching

Releasing a new feature to a subset of users without them being aware of it, for testing purposes.

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A cultural and professional movement that promotes collaboration between development and operations teams, emphasizing automation and continuous delivery.

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A methodology that integrates security practices into the DevOps process, emphasizing security from the beginning to the end of the software development lifecycle.

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DORA Metrics

The DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) metrics are a set of key performance indicators used to assess the effectiveness of DevOps practices and measure organizational performance.

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Environment branching

Creating separate environments for different stages of the development process.

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Feature flag

Switches in software to turn certain features on or off without deploying new code.

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Feature flag analytics

Using data analytics to understand the impact and performance of a feature using feature flags.

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Feature flag management platforms

Tools that help manage and orchestrate feature flags.

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Feature lifecycle management

The process of managing the introduction, operation, and retirement of features.

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Feature switch

Another common name for feature flags.

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Feature toggle

Also known as feature flag or feature switch.

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Flag naming conventions

Best practices for naming feature flags to ensure clarity and consistency.

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Flag-driven development

Incorporating feature flags at the start of the development process.

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Flag-driven release

Using feature flags to manage and control the release process.

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Gradual rollouts

Slowly rolling out a feature to incrementally increase the user base over time.

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Kill switches

Mechanisms to quickly disable a feature or functionality in production.

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Load testing

Testing how a system performs under a specific load with feature flags.

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Multivariate testing

Testing multiple variables in a controlled environment to determine which combination yields the best outcomes.

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Operational flags

Feature flags used to control operational aspects of a system.

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Percentage rollouts

Releasing a feature to a certain percentage of users.

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Progressive rollouts

Slowly rolling out a feature to incrementally increase the user base over time.

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Release management

The process of managing, planning, scheduling, and controlling a software build through different stages and environments.

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Remote configuration

Updating application behavior and settings without redeploying the software.

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Rollback strategies

Plans for quickly reverting changes in case of an issue with a new release.

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Rollout strategies

Plans for how and when new features are introduced to users.

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Tech debt

Managing the accumulation of outdated or unused feature flags.

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Trunk-based development

A version control strategy where developers commit code to a single branch in the version control system.

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User segmentation

Dividing users into groups based on behavior or attributes for targeted feature releases.

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