Brisbane 2014 - Proposal

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Designing and Developing software for Operations


Making software operable is hard. I would like to discuss a variety of patterns that make operating software easier, and anti-patterns that make it harder, covering the topics of monitorability, resiliency and recoverability along with configuration, deployment and orchestration.

Whether the software comes from a third party or from your friendly developers across the desk, there's almost always something that can be improved!

As this is a biggish topic, I plan to cover the main areas along with an example of patterns and anti-patterns for each, before referencing further reading on this subject (Release It, Web Operations, etc)


I have been doing software releases to production for over ten years, and have learned a lot of the lessons about operability from the sharp end. One memorable weekend involving 30+ hours handling an outage led to some twenty-odd recommendations for improving operability.

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