Building on our great devopsdays discussions, let's get together and talk about onboarding for being on call!
As a manager of a team that has On-Call responsibilities, I am personally accountable for ensuring engineers are prepared to receive pages. As a systems thinker, I’ve broken this down into many different layered approaches that leave room for adaptation in the face of new and emergent system behavior.
Ok, great... what does that mean? Troubleshooting problems within a complex system requires enormous amounts of context-specific expertise. It is next to impossible to provide adequate training to build that expertise. That expertise is created over time and I’ve found that learning on the job is the most effective way to build it.
Treat On-Call as a team sport; give an engineer the freedom to learn and grow. If it’s a team sport you can still get the best possible response out of an incident, learning along the way. How you run your On-Call on-boarding has a significant impact on creating this team sport mentality and affects team culture. If we build a team culture based on trust and learning, we can do so much better than “Good Luck Have Fun”.
Speaker: Andy Fleener, SportsEngine
Andy Fleener is a Humanist and a New View Safety Nerd who believes software is as much about the people building and running it as it is the people using it. He is a Platform Operations Manager at SportsEngine where he’s been doing a mix of development and operations since 2011. Andy enjoys music, football, sushi, oxford commas, and laughing at all the things millennials are ruining.
We're at SportsEngine again this time. To reach SportsEngine, turn off Broadway onto Quincy Street and enter the parking lot on the right. You will see the Sports Engine entrance straight ahead. You can park in the lot.
Food & drink will be served.
Location sponsor: SportsEngine - https://www.sportsengine.com/solutions/careers/
Food & drink sponsor: InfluxData - https://www.influxdata.com/
6pm: Doors open
6:30pm: Sponsor & Presentation
After the presentation, there will be a discussion/social time.