How to Do SRE When You Have No SRE

Thursday, 3 October, 2019 - 14:0014:45

Joan O'Callaghan, Udemy


This talk is for engineering organisations that don't have anyone dedicated to SRE type work, but you know enough to know that you really REALLY need it.

Where on earth can you even start? You want to make things better but you already have at least 2 other jobs to do as well. It doesn't seem possible.

Unfortunately, you're also the person that will be stuck fixing things when it all breaks so it's doubly in your best interest to try to prevent disasters if you can.

This talk gives extremely practical and realistic advice of how to get started, even if you only have 1 hour a week to dedicate to it. It'll help you find your weakest points and make things a little better, even without dedicated resources. Step by step, you'll be able to make your org much more reliable and reduce your stress levels. Also, less things will be on fire.

Joan O'Callaghan, Udemy

Joan O'Callaghan is a Site Operations Lead at Udemy. She has worked in SRE and Incident Management (in one form or another), for 13 years. She likes to host and write blameless post-mortems and take long walks on the beach where she has imaginary arguments with people that don't like reliability as much as she does. She is always very happy when she meets people more paranoid than her.

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@conference {239496,
author = {Joan O{\textquoteright}Callaghan},
title = {How to Do {SRE} When You Have No {SRE}},
year = {2019},
address = {Dublin},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct

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