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Who Needs Dashboards? and What Can Metrics Do For You?

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Tonight we have a double whammy of talks, Who Needs Dashboards, and Goals, Monitoring and the Scientific Method. Tonights speakers are Jessica White and Moreton Brockley.

Who Needs Dashboards?

Creating useful dashboards is difficult. Figuring out what information should be displayed, where and why can be confusing. A useful first step in getting this right is to know who your audience is. Who will be using this dashboard? What for? What do they care about?

Together we will explore some of the many forms of dashboards, from those that are of most use to developers to those that display higher level information for business’. We’ll examine why they are important and what situations they are most useful in.

No matter what your role within a company, there will be a type of dashboard that will dazzle you with it’s insights. Come along and find out which dashboard you need.

About Jessica White

Jessica is a software developer with a strong interest in back-end development and all things monitoring. She originally found her passion for code while studying neuroscience, and since switching field hasn’t looked back. Outside of development Jessica founded and organized Women In Tech Nottingham from 2015 to 2017. She is easily bribed with coffee & loves hearing about other people's experiences in technology.

What Can Metrics Do For You?

Initially there was nothing. No users. No code. No infrastructure. No platform. It was a peaceful time. Now you are dealing with just keeping a ship afloat on the sea of product development. Most of your time is spent below decks patching small holes in your craft. In the mess, where you went to grab some food, your captain starts giving you a tirade about capacity planning. It’s not very coherent, he’s very drunk. All of a sudden someone spots some rocks almost under the bow of your ship. There are no lifeboats. They were too expensive.

Have you ever felt a bit like this when facing keeping things running? Do you want a more predictable approach to improvement that ties to business goals? Do you just want a little more warning when things might be going wrong?

During this session, I will answer these questions based on my experience in industry working on a platform serving fast growing user needs. To do this we will explore a framework for dealing with the challenges present in operating and maintaining a popular software platform. This will broadly cover business goals, monitoring, instrumentation and the scientific method.

This session is suitable for developers at any stage in their career who are interested in monitoring, instrumenting code, driving change and applying the scientific method. It will also be suitable for those interested in linking user experience back to their software.

Moreton Brockley Bio

Moreton was most recently the API and platform team lead at multinational communications provider. He has enjoyed his experience meeting the challenging needs of a rapidly growing business whilst keeping his teams engaged and motivated. Moreton has been the line manager/technical lead for two teams and has a keen interest in API and backend development. In his spare time Moreton is an enthusiastic meetup attendee, a home project hacker, a cook, a gamer and an avid reader.