Undoubtedly, feature flags provide a lot of value for software development teams looking to mitigate risk and have more control over the release process. By wrapping code (or features) in a flag, teams can enable and disable a feature thereby controlling who has (and doesn’t have) access to it. Feature flags also allow you to progressively roll out new features and test in production to obtain feedback so you can optimize accordingly before a general release.
However, feature flags do come with some degree of risk and so certain best practices apply in order to get their full benefits. Here is a checklist of dos and don’ts to follow to ensure your feature flagging usage is as smooth and as productive as possible.
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