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Track Overview

Observability and Understandability in Production

This track brings together innovative leaders from the world of incident management and large-scale distributed systems together to discuss and share their current thoughts on the state of Observability and Understandability. How have we changed how we observe and understand our systems? What do we expect to see in the next 5-10 years as our communities increase their dependency on connected networks and systems? You’ll hear from the technical experts who’ve been in the trenches, achieved incredible results, and learned a ton along the way. The speakers on this panel didn’t just do the work, they created entire movements to bring thousands of people along with them to achieve and celebrate success.


From this track

Session + Live Q&A Incident Management

More More More! Why the Most Resilient Companies Want More Incidents

Tuesday May 18 / 10:00AM EDT

Major tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Netflix want more incidents, not fewer. NASA wants them so urgently that they import incidents from other companies. The reason? Postmortems. This talk will focus on how companies of any scale can improve their ingestion of understandability by...

John Egan

CEO and Co-Founder @Kintaba

Session + Live Q&A Observability

Observing and Understanding Failures: SRE Apprentices

Tuesday May 18 / 11:00AM EDT

In this session, Tammy will share how Padawans and Jedis can inspire and teach us how to help people of a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and experience levels to observe and understand failures in production. Tammy will share how she and a colleague created an SRE Apprentice program to hire...

Tammy Bryant Butow

Principal Site Reliability Engineer @Gremlin

Session + Live Q&A Observability

Resources & Transactions: A Fundamental Duality in Observability

Tuesday May 18 / 12:00PM EDT

Fundamentally, there are only two types of “things worth observing” when it comes to production systems:Resources, andTransactionsThe tricky (and interesting) part is that they’re entirely codependent. “Transactions” are the things that traverse your system and...

Ben Sigelman

CEO and co-founder @LightStepHQ, Co-creator @OpenTracing API standard

PANEL DISCUSSION + Live Q&A Observability

Panel: Observability and Understandability

Tuesday May 18 / 01:00PM EDT

This panel will feature experienced practitioners who have worked in the engineering teams of Google, Facebook, Dropbox. & MongoDB. They are all now working at startups focused on helping engineers improve their ability to reduce downtime and customer-impacting failures. Hear from this panel...

Jason Yee

Director of Advocacy @Gremlin

John Egan

CEO and Co-Founder @Kintaba

Ben Sigelman

CEO and co-founder @LightStepHQ, Co-creator @OpenTracing API standard


Speakers from this track

John Egan

CEO and Co-Founder @Kintaba

John Egan is CEO and cofounder at Kintaba, the modern incident response and management product for teams.  Prior to Kintaba, John helped to lead enterprise products at Facebook.

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Tammy Bryant Butow

Principal Site Reliability Engineer @Gremlin

Tammy Butow is the principal SRE at Gremlin, where she works on Chaos Engineering, the facilitation of controlled experiments to identify systemic weaknesses. Gremlin helps engineers build resilient systems using their control plane and API. Tammy previously led SRE teams at Dropbox...

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Ben Sigelman

CEO and co-founder @LightStepHQ, Co-creator @OpenTracing API standard

Ben Sigelman is a Cofounder & CEO at Lightstep, a company that makes complex microservice applications more transparent and reliable. He is an expert in distributed tracing and also co-founded the OpenTelemetry project.

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Jason Yee

Director of Advocacy @Gremlin

Jason Yee is Director of Advocacy at Gremlin where he helps people build more resilient systems by learning from how they fail. He also leads the internal Chaos Engineering practices to make Gremlin more reliable. Previously, he worked at Datadog, O’Reilly Media, and MongoDB. His...

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Track Date

Tuesday May 18 / 09:00AM EDT

Topics

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Tammy Bryant Butow

Principal Site Reliability Engineer @Gremlin

Tammy Butow is the principal SRE at Gremlin, where she works on Chaos Engineering, the facilitation of controlled experiments to identify systemic weaknesses. Gremlin helps engineers build resilient systems using their control plane and API. Tammy previously led SRE teams at Dropbox...

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