Upgrades suck. We get it. They are risky and time consuming and you have better things to do. In this talk we’ll present good reasons to upgrade anyway and give suggestions on how to de-risk your upgrades. Straight from the team that upgrades Kafka almost every week. We’ll review all the releases in the past year – major, minor and bug-fixes. We’ll explain the differences between those and what can you expect from each. We’ll go into the most important features and most critical fixes and improvements, so you’ll have ample ammunition when you explain to your boss why you really have to upgrade Kafka. Then we’ll discuss how we validate new releases and suggest a safe upgrade process – because we know that uneventful upgrades are a key to the next upgrade.