Do you remember that time the janky script you banged out was discovered to be the lynchpin of Production? Have you ever faced an “Automate ALL-THE-THINGS” project? Has your management ever-so-helpfully suggested that you “just automate it”? In this talk, I’ll discuss the mental gap that exists between automation and other business software.
Automation, the panacea of tech. It is necessary to work effectively. It’s needed in order to ensure consistency, prevent mistakes, and free engineers up to do more interesting work.
Infrastructure and delivery code is – at it’s best – invisible. But when it fails, the janky thing that you whipped up to solve a problem so you could move on with life is discovered to be in the critical path of Production.
You should absolutely automate everything that you can, but there are a many assumptions that go into automation, particularly by those who aren’t doing the automation work themselves. More important than writing automation is setting expectations. In this talk, I’ll cover
Waldo is a Geek, Problem Solver, Systems/Operations Engineer, and DevOps Enthusiast. He tries to use his Viking Privilege superpowers for good, but is a flawed human being. He aspires to be a better bio writer one day.