DevOps Archeology

Back in at the 2001 OOPSLA Conference, the term Software Archeology was first coined. It gave a set of tools and processes for understanding a poorly documented and poorly maintained software architecture. It didn’t just work for the undocumented codebases, but ones that are incredibly large and complex, even if good documentation exists. The idea was to follow the true archeology with investigative work to understand the mindsets of the people who did the original implementations. Nowadays, the problem of understanding software still exists, but has also grown by a quite with the larger scales of production environments that are often times distributed or found in the cloud. So, this session will help the DevOps engineer walking into a new shop with tools and techniques to understand, not only the code, but the entire production system as well. This will help provide faster ramp time, higher quality software implementations, and more stable production environments.



Lee Fox


Lee Fox is a technologist with a strong background in software development. He has served in the architecture roles for companies like AT&T Wi-Fi Services, Borland, and Pervasive. His software development history has always had a strong eye on maintaining quality. He is an Agile pragmatist as he strives to help organizations become more effective in their technical and software development implementations while maintaining a high degree of quality. Lee received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Southwest Texas State University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Trained Innovation Games Facilitator.

When he’s not doing something technical, you may find him in the kitchen pursuing dreams of being an amateur chef, or spending time with his family trolling about Austin.