A Field Guide to Observability

DevOps includes developers operating, and operators developing, and everyone crafting code while taking responsibility for what happens when that code is in production.

Sounds great, in theory. What about in practice? What if you don’t know what your code is doing? Or what your users are doing to your code? Or what the code your code relies on is doing? Or what the code and machines that that code relies on are doing?

Operating with insufficient data is a failing proposition; you can’t operate what you can’t measure. So we have to measure things, and measurement starts early in the development lifecycle.

Let’s walk through a brief field guide to the theory and practice of observability, so we can break down the barriers between teams by sharing real actionable introspection about the systems we co-create.



Aneel Lakhani


Aneel is a software engineer turned product manager turned go-to-market geek. After 20 years in operations and analytics type things, he runs marketing at observability startup Honeycomb.