Zero to SRE

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:35 am10:05 am

Kim Schlesinger, ReactiveOps & diversity


Being able to transform a junior engineer into an excellent mid, then senior engineer is a competitive advantage for any company. Unfortunately, there aren't many entry-level SRE job postings, and if your company hasn't hired juniors before, you'll need to make changes in order to create an environment where they can thrive.

This talk is the story of a junior Web Developer turned SRE. I've been able to successfully transition into my role because my company has embraced junior engineers by creating a 'Culture of Error,' encouraging all engineers to be mentors, and ensuring that all employees take time during the day to learn new skills.

By end of this talk, I'll share the specific details, and you will have a roadmap for how to support junior SREs during their first day, month, 90 days and year.

Kim Schlesinger, ReactiveOps & diversity

Kim Schlesinger is Site Reliability Engineer at ReactiveOps. Prior to being an SRE, Kim was an Instructor, Web Developer, and Curriculum Designer for the Full-Stack Immersive Program at Galvanize, a code school based in Denver, Colorado.

In her spare time, Kim is active in the Colorado Chapter of Leadership for Educational Equity, and she is the co-founder of diversity, a company that is striving to make the tech industry more equitable.

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@conference {229513,
author = {Kim Schlesinger},
title = {Zero to {SRE}},
year = {2019},
address = {Brooklyn, NY},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar,

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