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Continuous integration. Continuous deployment. Continuous delivery. We’re moving as fast as we can, but are we going in the right direction? In this talk, we’ll discuss why “But why?” is the most important question you can ask along the way, and look at some of the detours and roadblocks that can hinder your journey: vestigial infrastructure, migrations that never end, and the kinds of technical debt that can DDoS a whole organisation.
More than that, we’ll ask the big questions: Why are we doing any of this? Why are we all here? What are we for?
By adding continuous introspection (and a little existential angst) to the continuous lifecycle, we can go faster, better.
Coming up: Continuous Lifecycle London, May 14, 2019.
Welcome to the industry! Let’s talk about some of the stuff they (probably) didn’t teach you in school, including how to ask good questions, the four sets of humans you’re coding for, and the kinds of performance, complexity and reliability tradeoffs you’ll be making in the real world.
Coming up: Flawless Hacks, April 27, 2019.
Your job title says "engineer", but you seem to spend most of your time in meetings. You'd like to have time for code, but then who will respond to customers, update the roadmap, talk to the teams whose projects overlap with yours, notice the things that got dropped, onboard the new folks, and ask all of the many questions that need to be asked to make the project successful? Unless you've got a senior title, too much of this kind of work can be risky. Let's talk about how to frame your accomplishments before it becomes career-limiting.
Coming up: The F Factor, Sydney, July 8th, 2019
Coming up: Software Art Thou, Melbourne, July 11th, 2019
Coming up: Lead Developer NYC , April 20, 2019
Write/Speak/Code Meetup, NYC, February 27, 2019
Fire partitions. Public safety campaigns. Smoke alarms. Sprinkler systems. Doors that say “This is not an exit”. And fire escapes. What can we learn from fire safety about expecting failure and designing for it?
Dropbox internal event, NYC, November 2018.
Meta! How to get past the fear of public speaking and work up to speaking at conferences, with some advice about abstracts, slides and creating a narrative. The inevitable “how to speak” talk that every speaker eventually makes.
Internal Squarespace speaker event, May 22nd, 2018
Most of us have a backup strategy and many of us have a restore strategy and several of us even have a tested restore strategy. But dependencies and complicated fallback plans make these strategies perilous.
(as a lightning talk about microservice dependencies) New York SRE Tech Talks meetup, June 2016
Does your production environment expect perfect humans? Does technical debt turn your small changes into minefields? This talk highlights tools, code, configuration, and documentation that set us up for disaster.
(as a lightning talk) New York SRE Tech Talks meetup, January 2016
Half of the women who enter the tech industry don’t survive ten years. This talk walks through some of the things and people that try to push them out. If you can see it coming, it has less power over you.
NYU Women in Computing, October 2015.
Various internal company events.