Igor Serebryany is Developer Happiness Engineer at Airbnb. Yes, that’s his actual title, and he and his team work on developer tooling and developer infrastructure designed to make Airbnb engineers as happy and productive as possible.

At our FutureStack15 user conference in San Francisco last month, Igor took the stage to explain Airbnb’s alternate approach to shipping code. His presentation—“Democratic Deploys at Airbnb”—was intended to show the audience that traditional release management and release processes are almost always not the best way to keep a rapidly scaling team shipping with as little friction as possible.

Instead, Airbnb relies on Deployboard, a set of flexible tools that integrate SCM, builds, and deploys, to guide engineers through the deploy process. At Airbnb, Igor explained, every engineer deploys their own code. Watch the entire presentation below to find out why Airbnb thinks turning every developer into a release manager is a good idea, and how Deployboard makes it possible.

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