And similar to other song parodies of mine, I sang the first verse of this as my own intro to my recent presentation on ‘Using Experimentation to Deliver Value at Supersonic Speeds’ at #Pendomonium19 and then later at an Agile RTP Speed-rounds Meetup here in Raleigh.
It was not only a great way to introduce my concept of ‘Tiny Acts of Discovery’ … but the tune was catchy enough that the audience asked me to sing it at the end of my talk. How is that for validation through experimentation?!
Make me happy
Puts my team at ease
That delight our users
With value propositions
Validated in production every time.
So here’s to the feature flag
And here’s to analytics tags
And mostly here’s a toast
to’testing A and B
So here’s to hypotheses
I give to you today
And here’s points of data
That will not fade away
Verse is sung while Audience Sings Verse 1
Testable and causal
Falsifiable and simple
Built on short-lived branches
Released rapidly yet safely
That last verse sung with the audience is basically testing jargon replacing what Don Ho (and in one case Dean Martin) sang in Hawaiian. My own feeling is that while a parody, it’s still more appropriate to use the language of experimentation.
Want to read up more on the topics inspiring this song? Here are a few useful URLs:
- Why I love Trunk Based Development (or pushing straight to master)
- From Git Flow to Trunk Based Development
- Use Cases for Feature Flags in Product Development — Split
- Feature Branching Using Feature Flags
- Don Ho sings “Tiny Bubbles” — Hollywood Palace 1/21/67 — YouTube
- Using Experimentation to Deliver Value at Supersonic Speeds
And yes, while I work on my upcoming podcast launch, you can be sure we’re going to record this one.