My Life as a Solo SRE

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 15:0015:30

Brian Murphy, G-Research


2015 was the worst year of my professional career. Between botched fail forward releases, major customer impacting incidents and weakly supported features, I was being worn down. And then in 2016, I helped introduce the organisation to SRE culture. I became the first SRE and helped change the engineering organisation. Over the next few months and years, I championed SLIs, drove down MTTA/MTTR and improved release cadence. In this talk, you will hear my tails of woe, but I will leave you with advice and tips on how to make your life and your organisation better.

Brian Murphy, G-Research

Brian Murphy is an SRE by nature and a manager by training. He currently works for G-Research where he built and leads an SRE team. Previously, he was an SRE Manager for a startup that was bought by Cisco. He currently lives with his wife, son and sassy dog in West London. His superpower is the ability to find the best coffee and vegan food in any city.

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@conference {239510,
author = {Brian Murphy},
title = {My Life as a Solo {SRE}},
year = {2019},
address = {Dublin},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct

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