08 Feb 2017

And so the adventure begins

It’s something of a LaunchDarkly tradition to write a blog post at the end of your first week. But here I sit, deep into week number two, and I haven’t written a thing. In my defense things move pretty fast around here, and I was just trying to keep my head above water. My second day on the job, having finally set everything up so I could start coding, they had me deploy production. By the time Friday rolled around, I had fixed 3 bugs, opened 6 pull requests, deployed production two more times — and written zero blog posts. Better late than never though, right?

A new chapter

I’m extremely thrilled to be part of this great company. I joined LaunchDarkly after nearly 10 years at Atlassian, where I spent most of my time doing front-end development and arguing about UX. I’m excited to take everything I learned there and continue to make LaunchDarkly a product people love to use.

I took the job because I believed in the people, the product, and the culture. If anything I underestimated all of those things and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.

An escape

The other day we went on a team outing to an escape room. If you’re not familiar, you basically solve a series of puzzles using items in a room in order to “escape” the room. I’ve never done one before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but this particular escape room required a lot of coordinated effort. We had 12 people participating (almost the whole team, which is at 15 now), but at any given time there were probably 3-5 puzzles being worked on.

The beginning was a little chaotic as everyone tried to figure out exactly what we’d gotten ourselves into and what in the world to do next. But pretty soon we settled down, started self-organizing, and talking through the problems. It was pretty amazing to see everyone working together so well — no arguments or drama, no jockeying for leadership, just good old-fashioned teamwork. I think that experience sums up my time at LaunchDarkly so far — fast and fun, with a great group of people working together towards a common goal.

Oh yeah, and we escaped the room (just barely).

10 Oct 2016

Launched: Atlassian Bitbucket Pipelines and HipChat Integrations

LaunchDarkly Atlassian Bitbucket Pipelines and Atlassian HipChat Integrations - Feature Flags

We’re pleased to announce the launch of two LaunchDarkly integrations with Atlassian.

From “concept to launch,” Atlassian gives teams an integrated approach to build software. Now with LaunchDarkly, you can get more control over production rollout via Bitbucket Pipelines and HipChat integrations.

Feature flagging is a way of gating functionality to gain better control over a release – serve to a limited segment, get feedback and facilitate rollbacks without having to redeploy. LaunchDarkly helps teams to manage flags at scale. With a management platform in place, feature flags become prolific and it becomes even more significant to integrate these with your DevOps tools.

With LaunchDarkly, you can create and enable feature flags via Bitbucket Pipelines, giving you the control you need to release confidently, reduce risk, and gather feedback on your new functionality.

With LaunchDarkly’s HipChat integration, you have visibility into all feature flag changes in real-time within your team’s collaboration tool.  See all changes to flags, including the team member making the change and the applicable environment, and do this without leaving your native workflow.

LD HipChat

“Using Bitbucket Pipelines and LaunchDarkly together unlocks the true power of DevOps and continuous delivery. Our integration allows customers to have end to end feature control, for risk mitigation and quicker time to market,” says Edith Harbaugh, CEO LaunchDarkly.

Together, LaunchDarkly’s integration with Atlassian is bringing premier DevOps tools to the space.  Read about how Atlassian uses LaunchDarkly internally here.

19 Mar 2016

To Be Continuous: All Software Is SaaS

In this episode, Edith and Paul talk about the history and shifting definition of SaaS, some of the last Continuous Delivery holdouts in tech, and the need for early customers to know there’s a person behind your software. This is episode #15 in the To Be Continuous podcast series all about continuous delivery and software development.

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