Over the last few years we’ve seen an explosion of complexity, in everything from polyglot storage to composable infrastructure, containerization and microservices, config management vs immutable infrastructure. Until recently there was a set of widely accepted best practices for running in the cloud. But now every element of your stack is a never-ending rabbit hole of possibilities and questions. What’s an engineer or architect or manager to do? Solid technical judgment is more important than ever. You can’t anticipate every problem, but you can identify and head off many of them in advance. We’ll talk about how to identify and prioritize where to be boring and where to innovate … and how to correct course when you’ve made a wrong call.
Charity Majors is the cofounder and CEO of honeycomb.io, a startup that helps you debug complex systems. (“It’s like strace for systems!”) Previously, Charity ran infrastructure at Parse and was an engineering manager at Facebook. She also worked with the RocksDB team to build and deploy the world’s first Mongo + Rocks in production. She likes single malt scotch.