Do you protect your main branch? aka branch protection

Last updated by Jack Pettit [SSW] 5 months ago.See history

Branch protection is a feature in version control software that allows teams to define rules and restrictions around who can make changes to specific branches, what types of changes are allowed, and if there are conditions that have to be met.

This can include:

  • Number of reviewers
  • Linked work items e.g. PBIs (super useful to track back to why the code was changed)
  • Any feedback has been addressed/resolved
  • Enforcing specific merge types
  • Checking that builds pass
  • Checking other services e.g. code quality like SonarQube
  • Automatically adding specific people to review the code

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Figure: Bad example – No protection – anyone can make unreviewed changes

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Figure: Good example – The branch protected

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