Edith Harbaugh is CEO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly. The company provides feature flagging for CI/CD pipelines and currently serves 100 billion features a day. She’s the c0-host of a podcast covering software trends called To Be Continuous, a sponsor of the Test in Production Meetup, and also one of this year’s winner of the Top Women in Cloud Innovation award.
“We didn’t create feature flags,” she said. “We just made them easy and enable the workflow around it.”
Deployment is pushing coding out to production servers and release. Feature flags separate deployment into pieces and allow you to have very fine-grained control. At its most simple, you can release a feature into production, but it has a kills switch so you can instantly roll back.