SRE "Power Words"—the Lexicon of SRE as an Industry

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Thursday, 14 October, 2021 - 17:0017:15

Dave O'Connor, Elastic


As the SRE Industry develops, we've come to rely on certain words, phrases, and mnemonics as part of our conversations with ourselves and our stakeholders. Words and naming have power, and the collective definition and use of words like 'toil' as a shorthand can help with any SRE practice. This talk will set out the premise and some examples and includes a call to action around thinking how naming and words can strengthen SRE's position as the function continues to develop.

Dave O'Connor, Elastic

Dave O'Connor is an SRE Leadership practitioner based in Dublin, Ireland. He's currently Sr. Director of Engineering at, building and scaling Elastic Cloud.

He was a Site Reliability Engineer/Manager/Director at Google from 2004 to 2021. As well as technical and management/leadership work on products such as Gmail and Google Analytics, Dave was the global lead for Storage and Databases SRE at Google, as well as the head of Engineering at Google Ireland for a time.

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