Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Thierry de Pauw


About this Case Study

Feature branching is again gaining in popularity due to the rise of distributed version control systems. Although branch creation has become very easy, it comes with a certain cost. Long living branches break the flow of the software delivery process, impacting throughput and stability.

This session explores why teams are using feature branches, what problems are introduced by using them and what techniques exist to avoid them altogether. It explores exactly what's evil about feature branches, which is not necessarily the problems they introduce - but rather, the real reasons why teams are using them.

After this session, you'll understand a different branching strategy and how it relates to continuous integration.

Learning outcomes - you will be able to:

  • understand why teams are using feature branching
  • explain why feature branching is problematic
  • describe alternatives to feature branching
  • run an experiment with trunk-based development
  • understand if all teams can adopt trunk-based development

About the Speaker

Thierry is a continuous delivery coach and lean and XP software engineer with a high affinity for operations.

He is a jack-of-all-trades with a passion to help teams create meaningful software, having a keen eye for code quality and the software delivery process, from customer interaction to continuous delivery. Instead of balancing quality and delivery, he believes that better quality is actually a way to more and better deliveries.

Thierry is founder of ThinkingLabs, a consultancy focusing on continuous integration and continuous delivery.


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