We help engineering teams deeply understand their own production systems through observability.
Give all software engineering teams the observability they need to eliminate toil and delight their users.
Honeycomb was founded by a software engineer (a “dev”) and an infrastructure engineer (an “ops”). We were determined to build a world of software ownership, and saw observability as the shared understanding necessary to get there. What began as a sociotechnical problem has evolved into a sociotechnical solution, in which tool choice is simply the catalyst for improved processes and culture on engineering teams.
Our values are the “how” in how we work with our colleagues, engage with our community, and build Honeycomb.
Fast and close to right is better than perfect.
Take pride in your craft and ship relentlessly. Use your judgment. Ask forgiveness, not permission. “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” Code in production is worth two in canary.
We hire adults.
Act with autonomy and ownership. Pay attention to your mind and body so you can give and get help. Participate fully in collaboration, coaching and management. If any group of us were together in a car on a long road trip, there would be no need for a dividing line in the back seat to keep one of us from hitting another.
Everything is an experiment.
Don’t get attached to outcomes, as that would prevent you from moving forward. Construct your experiments with rigor, conduct them with integrity, evaluate them with honesty. Disagree and commit. It’s all fun and games until you set the lab on fire.
Feedback is a gift.
Give feedback freely, give gently, give timely, but give. Assume good intent. We are a high-trust and high-transparency team. Gifts don’t make people cry.
Do it with style.
Our product should have a personality. Our employees should have personality. Be delightful. (This one isn’t funny.)
Our customers know that observability is key to delivering software both quickly and reliably. Engineering teams become high-performing teams when armed with Honeycomb.
We think equally about building Honeycomb the product, the business, and the company. We’re committed to building a company of which our people are proud to have been a part.
Observability is the future—and it’s up to us to take the lead and shape that future. We believe in questioning the status quo and charting our own path. Perhaps you do, too.
We’re honored to be backed by investors who believe we’re the future of observability.
As well as Mike Krieger, Ilya Sukhar, Anamitra Banerji, Venkat Venkataramani, and a number of other angels.
Catch us at These Upcoming Events
Shelby Spees, The CloudFirst Speaker
Shelby, Honeycomb Developer Advocate, will be giving a talk at The CloudFirst virtual event. Learn how application and platform teams can leverage modern software delivery tools to shift left on service reliability while reducing stress and delivering better business value.
SKILup Days Speaker, Shelby Spees
Shelby is a speaker at the SKILup Days virtual event. Her talk will introduce observability-driven development and how it works with feature flags. She will walk through how Honeycomb’s product engineering team applies these practices to real feature development. Honeycomb is excited to sponsor this event.