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Heidi has sad news - staging is a lie and will never be identical to production because production is unknowable. Trying to replicate it is often prohibitively expensive.
But she also has good news - production can contain multitudes, including features you aren’t ready to turn on or activate yet. You can hide in the dark and do integration testing at the same time.
It's simplistic to say that you should just kill the idea of a staging server and do everything in production. There are obviously problems with that - you need to do unit testing, you need to avoid things that will take down a service, you may need to do essential cutovers. But it's worth examining what benefit you're getting from staging and whether you could re-allocate that effort.
Join Heidi for an exploration of the ways that you might be able to kill staging and perform better.
What is the actual value of a staging environment?
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How can I re-engineer releases to save costs?
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Heidi is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favourite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she's sure there is a pocket for the mic.