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Wednesday, August 14

9:15am EDT

Observability and Complex Systems: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Distributed systems, microservices, containers and schedulers, polyglot persistence … modern infrastructure is ever more fluid and dynamic, chaotic and transient. Likewise, individual engineering roles can no longer be broken down neatly into software engineers (who write the code) and ops engineers (who deploy the code (and buffer the consequences)). Many teams have already sailed past an event horizon of complexity and found that their old tools and processes — and org charts! — no longer work for them.

But why, exactly?
  • What was the matter with traditional metrics and logs?
  • Why are they failing to keep pace with modern systems? What else is out there?
  • Isn’t observability just a marketing term that means monitoring?
  • What else do we have to look forward to that will fail us?

In this talk we’ll cover the technical and cultural differences between monitoring and observability. Operations is now part of every engineer’s mandate, just like testing became part of every engineer’s mandate a decade ago. What does this means for specialist practitioners like test and ops engineers? What model of software ownership should we be working towards in our organizations, and why? Is it the same for everyone? And how does chaos engineering fit into this whole mess: is it a must-have or a nice-to-have, and why?

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Charity Majors

Co-founder and CTO, Honeycomb.io
Charity Majors is the co-founder and CTO of Honeycomb.io, provider of tools for engineering teams to debug production systems faster and smarter. Previously Charity ran infrastructure at Parse and was an engineering manager at Facebook, where she ran next-generation distributed systems... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Sea Oats
Thursday, August 15

9:15am EDT

Your Everyday Tester
Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. As we navigate through life, we do so in a way that test the limits of our abilities. Questions I have asked myself in the past are, “Can I make it to work on time if I leave now?”, “What happens if I use baking soda instead of baking powder?”, and on days when I’m feeling especially strong, “Can I deadlift 200lbs?”. All of these questions require exploration to get to a large degree of certainty. Opportunities in my daily life have inspired me to ask these questions, however it is only when I put them to the test that I get any answers.
The same goes for testing! Items within my everyday inspire me as a tester. Seeing software for its possibilities, and testing it for its limits help me define degrees of certainty. If we curate software testing with as much curiosity as we explore this world we live in, we will find that a lot more of what we do in real life inspires possibilities when exploring software.

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Ash Coleman

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Karma
Ash focuses her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to inclusion of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities. Though technology and inclusion have her heart today, engineering was not her first love. A former chef, Ash crafted... Read More →

Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EDT
Sea Oats