SRE Team Lifecycles

Friday, 31 August, 2018 - 09:0009:55

Stephen Thorne, Google


Site Reliability Engineering is more than a job title or the name of a team: we know it is a collection of approaches and practices that allow an organisation to deliver their applications at scale.

We set out to give a definition of what the principles of SRE should be able to deliver to an organisation, and to supply you with a roadmap of how to go from first considering implementing SRE practices, to what your first SREs should be tasked with, to making your SRE team a stable and productive fixture in your organisation.

Stephen Thorne, Google

Stephen Thorne is a Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Google. He currently works in Customer Reliability Engineering, helping to integrate Google's Cloud customers' operations with Google SRE. Stephen learned how to be an SRE on the team that runs Google's advertiser and publisher user interfaces, and later worked on App Engine. Before his time at Google, he fought against spam and viruses in his home country of Australia, where he also earned his B.S. in Computer Science.

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@inproceedings {218941,
author = {Stephen Thorne},
title = {{SRE} Team Lifecycles},
booktitle = {SREcon18 Europe/Middle East/Africa (SREcon18 Europe)},
year = {2018},
address = {Dusseldorf},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug,

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