Thanks for sharing this. I went through a similar experience with COVID and also ended up leaving a long time endeavor.

But I feel like I came out of it completely renewed. I picked up new technology stacks and new environments (GCP, AWS) and I rather than feel like the ability to absorb has decreased, I find the opposite is true: I'm able to learn things even faster now than when I was younger and perhaps more dogmatic.

I also feel that if you can find the right stack, the burden of building systems by oneself nowadays is incredibly low.

Cheers and wish you the best; use mid-career engineers are stuck in a weird limbo-land of expectations and experience.

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In the life sciences space, feature flags were one of the key tools from an engineering perspective to manage complexity and scope of GxP software validation.

We build it right into the software for a number of reasons. One of which is that it's easy -- at its core, just a hashmap. The second is that for GxP validation, it is easier to not have to validate the vendor and only validate the internal implementation.

I am certain that LaunchDarkly has a market where it is the perfect solution, but I have seen it implemented in two startups now (Motion and another $100m C) and in both cases, it felt like an overpriced and overly complicated solution for a simple problem of turning features on/off that the team actually needed.

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Charles Chen

Charles Chen

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