Skaffold is client-side only. With no on-cluster component, there is no overhead or maintenance burden to your cluster.
Skaffold is the easiest way to share your project with the world: 'git clone', then 'skaffold run'.
Additionally, you can use profiles, local user config, environment variables, and flags to easily incorporate differences across environments.
Skaffold has many essential features for Kubernetes-native development, including policy-based image tagging, resource port-forwarding and logging, file syncing, and much more.
Skaffold's inner loop is tight and highly optimized, giving you instant feedback while developing.