April 13, 2021
Ep. #51, Performance Engineering with Henrik Rexed of Dynatrace
In episode 51 of o11ycast, Charity Majors and Jessica Kerr are joined by Henrik Rexed of Dynatrace. This conversation covers a wide array of software and observability topics including trends in performance engineering, insights on minimizing system complexity, the shortcomings of auto-instrumentation, and best practices for avoiding vendor lock-in.
April 1, 2021
Ep. #50, Identifying Weak Spots with Benjamin Wilms of Steadybit
In episode 50 of o11ycast, Charity Majors and Jessica Kerr are joined by Benjamin Wilms of Steadybit. This conversation examines chaos engineering before production, identifying weak spots in your distributed system, and the health of the tech industry at large.
March 7, 2021
Ep. #49, Incident Commanders with Fred Hebert of Honeycomb
In episode 49 of o11ycast, Charity Majors and Jessica Kerr speak with Fred Hebert of Honeycomb about incident commanders. Listen in for additional insights on the role of SREs, the educational value in incidents, improving feedback cycles, and choosing the right OKRs.
December 23, 2021
Ep. #48, Mastering Migrations with Adriana Villela of Tucows
In episode 48 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz chat with Adriana Villela of Tucows. They unpack Adriana's journey into observability, the community resources that lit her path, and her experience driving o11y at Tucows.
December 7, 2021
Ep. #47, Outcome-based Observability with Gibbs Cullen of Chronosphere
In episode 47 of o11ycast, Liz Fong-Jones speaks with Gibbs Cullen of Chronosphere. Together they compare the roles of product managers and developer advocates, and discuss the phases of outcome-based observability.
November 12, 2021
Ep. #46, Guiding Observability Teams with James Deville of Procore Technologies
In episode 46 of o11ycast, Liz and Charity are joined by James Deville of Procore Technologies. James shares the insights he’s gained guiding o11y teams and the difficulties tech-forward teams face in non-tech sectors.
October 26, 2021
Ep. #45, Choosing OpenTelemetry with Chris Holmes of Simply Business
In episode 45 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz are joined by Chris Holmes of Simply Business. Together they unpack OpenTelemetry, the importance of tracing, and the observability adoption process at Simply Business.
October 7, 2021
Ep. #44, Examining OpenTelemetry with Vincent Behar of Ubisoft
In episode 44 of o11ycast, Liz and Charity speak with Vincent Behar of Ubisoft. Together they pull back the curtain on OpenTelemetry, exploring its popularity and standardization, as well as Vincent’s journey to better understand the developer experience.
August 26, 2021
Ep. #43, Going Serverless with Apostolis (Toli) Apostolidis of Cinch
In episode 43 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Apostolis (Toli) Apostolidis of Cinch. They discuss Cinch's move from containers to serverless, lessons learned from Team Topologies, and advice on structuring your org with strategic constraints.
July 20, 2021
Ep. #42, Continuous Profiling with Dmitry Filimonov of Pyroscope
In episode 42 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby are joined by Dmitry Filimonov of Pyroscope. They discuss continuous profiling practices, use cases, and tools, as well as insights on how data is profiled at Pyroscope and how profiling resolution is measured.
July 6, 2021
Ep. #41, Organizing Conferences with Aaron Aldrich of Red Hat
In episode 41 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Aaron Aldrich of Red Hat. Together they pull back the curtain on organizing conferences, accelerating feedback cycles, multi-tenancy debugging, and getting started with new tools.
June 17, 2021
Ep. #40, Player Experience with Nick Herring of CCP Games
In episode 40 of o11ycast, Liz and Charity speak with Nick Herring of CCP Games. They discuss the challenges faced by engineers working in the game community, the debugging procedure at CCP, and tactics for adopting large system changes.
June 4, 2021
Ep. #39, Sell The Sizzle with Jordan Simonovski of Atlassian
In episode 39 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Jordan Simonovski of Atlassian. They explore the differences between tracing and logging, tactics for measuring reliability, and the journey of the observability team at Atlassian.
May 21, 2021
Ep. #38, Infrastructure Changes with Andy Davies of Reaktor
In episode 38 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Andy Davies of Reaktor. Their conversation covers the importance of instrumentation, the prevalence of structured logging, the potential risks of modifying database infrastructure.
April 30, 2021
Ep. #37, Synchronization Layers and Logs with Garry Shutler of Cronofy
In episode 37 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Garry Shutler of Cronofy. Together they pull back the curtain on building scheduling tools, making observability tools accessible to teams, and keeping deploys boring.
April 15, 2021
Ep. #36, Resilience Engineering with Jacob Scott of Stripe
In episode 36 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Jacob Scott of Stripe about the need for SRE teams, prioritizing customer happiness, and the limitations of distributed tracing tools.
March 12, 2021
Ep. #35, Government Software Systems with Mark Ferlatte of Truss
In episode 35 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Mark Ferlatte of Truss. They discuss government software system failures and successes including Healthcare.gov and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
February 25, 2021
Ep. #34, Diminishing Complexity with Jaana Dogan of AWS
In episode 34 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Jaana Dogan of AWS. They discuss Jaana’s career journey, life before observability tools, and reducing system complexity within large organizations.
January 29, 2021
Ep. #33, Information Accessibility with Katy Farmer of CircleCI
In episode 33 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby are joined by Katy Farmer of CircleCI. They discuss learned helplessness, understanding complicated systems through direct experience, and championing devs to fail gracefully.
January 14, 2020
Ep. #32, Managing Hardware with Gianluca Arbezzano of Equinix Metal
In episode 32 of o11ycast, Liz and Shelby speak with Gianluca Arbezzano of Equinix Metal. They discuss diversifying the way observability is evangelized, the indicators that an organization has outgrown off-the-shelf tools, and managing hardware.
December 23, 2020
Ep. #31, Rewarding Curiosity with Ellen Chisa of Dark
In episode 31 of o11ycast, Charity Majors and Ellen Chisa of Dark discuss the benefits of making observability tools more accessible, tailoring feedback to individuals, and the many ways software may change in the years to come.
December 14, 2020
Ep. #30, Harder Conversations with Beau Lyddon of Workday
In episode 30 of o11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Beau Lyddon of Workday about the recent sea change in observability, the shortcomings of metrics, the role of senior engineers, and the responsibilities of corporations.
November 19, 2020
Ep. #29, Testing in Production with Glen Mailer of CircleCI
In episode 29 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby are joined by Glen Mailer of CircleCI. They discuss testing in production and rethinking socio-technical systems from the ground up.
October 29, 2020
Ep. #28, People Problems with Austin Parker of Lightstep
In episode 28 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Austin Parker of Lightstep. They discuss rethinking human error, purposeful and intentional training, and underrated management tools.
October 13, 2020
Ep. #27, Ready For Observability with Corey Quinn of The Duckbill Group
In episode 27 of o11ycast, Liz and Charity are joined by Corey Quinn of The Duckbill Group. They zero in on the point at which a system needs observability, shortening feedback loops for maximum impact, and practicing radical candor.
September 29, 2020
Ep. #26, Unknown Unknowns with Parveen Khan of Square Marble Technology
In episode 26 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Parveen Khan of Square Marble Technology. They discuss Parveen’s journey into observability and the insights she’s gained as a test engineer and quality advocate.
August 31, 2020
Ep. #25, Reliability First with Amy Tobey of Blameless
In episode 25 of O11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Amy Tobey of Blameless. They explore the evolution of the SRE role, incident management, and the pains of rewriting system architecture.
August 11, 2020
Ep. #24, Beyond Code with Heidi Waterhouse of LaunchDarkly
In episode 24 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Heidi Waterhouse of LaunchDarkly. They discuss feature flags, value stream mapping, and quelling fear-driven development as a developer advocate.
July 23, 2020
Ep. #23, Beyond Ops with Erwin van der Koogh of Linc
In episode 23 of O11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Erwin van der Koogh of Linc. They discuss the startup ecosystem in Australia, release engineering, and the relationship between safety and success.
July 10, 2020
Ep. #22, Designing for Observability with Jimmy Bogard of Headspring
In episode 22 of O11ycast, Liz and Charity speak with Jimmy Bogard of Headspring. They discuss maintaining balance for on-call engineers, what’s missing in the average engineer’s toolkit, and moving from monoliths to microservices.
June 25, 2020
Ep. #21, Learning Systems with Jessica Kerr
In episode 21 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Jessica Kerr. Together they explore complex learning systems, how to view outages as opportunities, and the power of feedback loops.
June 12, 2020
Ep. #20, Between Dev and Ops with Marco Rogers of Mode
In episode 20 of o11ycast, Charity and Shelby speak with Marco Rogers of Mode. They discuss the wall between dev and ops, application analysis, and wrangling vast amounts of data.
May 20, 2020
Ep #19, Giving Observability a Name with Shelby Spees of Honeycomb
In episode 19 of O11ycast, Liz and Charity speak with Shelby Spees of Honeycomb. They discuss Shelby’s diverse engineering background, onboarding developers to observability, and putting people above metrics.
April 7, 2020
Ep. #18, Real User Monitoring with Michael Hood of Optimizely
In episode 18 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Michael Hood, a senior staff performance engineer at Optimizely. They discuss real user monitoring (RUM), the shortcomings of traditional metrics, and ramping up observability.
March 24, 2020
Ep. #17, Leveling Up Software Delivery with Pete Hodgson
In episode 17 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz are joined by Pete Hodgson, an independent software delivery consultant. They discuss the DORA report, closing the CI/CD gap, and leveling up software delivery.
February 13, 2020
Ep. #16, Observability and Test Engineers with Abby Bangser of MOO
In episode 16 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz are joined by Abby Bangser of MOO. They discuss observability from a testing engineer’s perspective, the key factors that lead a company to spin up a testing team, and the highlights of DeliveryConf 2020.
December 31, 2019
Ep. #15, Speaking of Serverless with Rachel Myers and Emily Nakashima
In episode 15 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz speak with Rachel Myers of Google and Emily Nakashima of Honeycomb. They discuss serverless development, customer-vendor relations, using logs correctly, and better understanding your data model.
December 4, 2019
Ep. #14, Team Players with Mehdi Daoudi of Catchpoint
In episode 14 of O11ycast, Charity and Liz are joined by Mehdi Daoudi of Catchpoint. They discuss the importance of team players when scaling, as well as the hidden value in measuring the experience of your employees, not just your customers.
October 10, 2019
Ep. #13, Cloud Wrangling with Natalie Bennett of Pivotal
In episode 13 of O11ycast, Charity Majors and Liz Fong-Jones talk with Natalie Bennett, Software Engineering Manager at Pivotal. They discuss the difference between collaborative projects and teams, continuous verification, and diagnosing failed deployments.
September 12, 2019
Ep. #12, Speed of Deployment with Rich Archbold of Intercom
In episode 12 of O11ycast, Charity Majors and Liz Fong-Jones speak with Rich Archbold of Intercom. They discuss the crucial importance of timely shipping, high-cardinality metrics, and the engineering value of running less software.
August 15, 2019
Ep. #11, Chaos Engineering with Ana Medina of Gremlin
In episode 11 of O11ycast, Charity Majors and Liz Fong-Jones speak with Gremlin chaos engineer Ana Medina. They discuss the relevance of breaking things in order to engineer them more efficiently, monitoring vs observability, and chaos engineering at scale.
July 18, 2019
Ep. #10, Measuring Technical Debt with Bugsnag CEO James Smith
In episode 10 of O11ycast, Charity Majors and Liz Fong-Jones speak with Bugsnag CEO James Smith. They discuss the seemingly impossible ways an organization can measure technical debt and how they can attempt to reduce it.
March 12, 2019
Ep. #9, High Performance DevOps with Jez Humble
In episode 9 of o11ycast, Charity and Rachel sit down with Jez Humble, Co-Founder and CTO of DevOps Research and Assessments (acquired by Google since this session was recorded), to discuss DevOps security and how a team's culture relates to their success.
January 17, 2019
Ep. #8, Email Ecosystems & APIs with Nylas' Christine Spang
In episode 8 of O11ycast, Charity and Rachel are joined by Nylas Co-Founder and CTO Christine Spang to discuss navigating the complex ecosystem of emails and how Nylas has managed to create an API for it.
November 28, 2018
Ep. #7, Observability at Asana and Honeycomb
In episode 7 of O11ycast, Charity is joined by fellow Honeycomb team member Michael Wilde along with Asana's heads of engineering and tech, Cliff Chang and Phips Peter, to discuss how observability has shaped their organizations.
October 16, 2018
Ep. #6, Customer Reliability Engineering with Google's Liz Fong-Jones
In episode 6 of O11ycast, Charity and Rachel talk to Google developer advocate Liz Fong-Jones about ways to build systems to be more transparent and explainable.
September 18, 2018
Ep. #5, InfoSec with Gartner's Anton Chuvakin
In episode 5 of O11ycast, Rachel and Charity speak with Anton Chuvakin, Research VP at Gartner for Technical Professionals, about the ways modern companies make, or don't make, decisions around security.
August 2, 2018
Ep. #4, Systems Administration with Adam Jacob of Chef
In episode 4 of O11ycast, Rachel and Charity ask Adam Jacob, co-founder and CTO of Chef, how the culture of DevOps has shifted for system administrators and the companies they help build.
July 23, 2018
Ep. #3, Distributed Systems with Paul Biggar of Dark
In episode 3 of O11ycast, Rachel and Charity are joined by Paul Biggar, co-founder and CTO of Dark as well as founder of CircleCI, to discuss how microservices and automation have shaped the developer landscape.
July 9, 2018
Ep. #2, Observable DevOps with Christina Noren of CloudBees
In episode two of O11ycast, Rachel and Charity are joined by Christina Noren, Chief Product Officer for CloudBees, to look at the ways both the development life cycle and the role of the developer have evolved.