Shelby Spees

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Shifting Left on Production Excellence with Observability

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My goal for this talk is to show DevOps practitioners and leaders what’s possible with next-generation observability tooling. Production should be for everyone, and there’s significant business risk in waiting to take these steps. Those risks come in the form of obvious pain like downtime as well as more insidious problems like attrition. And with rampant burnout across the industry, the way we currently operate production software is unsustainable.

Here’s a brief outline of what I plan to cover in the 30 minutes:

  • intro - DevOps means production ownership. how to make it safe?
  • what is production excellence?
  • event-based service level objectives
  • observability + progressive delivery
  • next steps - how to bring observability to your org

More about Shelby Spees

Shelby is a Developer Advocate at Honeycomb, where she helps developers better understand their services in production in order to deliver more business value. Before joining Honeycomb, Shelby worked on a number of applications as well as build pipelines, infrastructure, and other reliability efforts. She’s dedicated to improving access and equity in tech as well as to helping people feel good about their work. Shelby lives in Los Angeles, CA, where she enjoys doing karaoke with her pitbull, Nova.