Top 7 Talks You Can’t Miss at SREcon19 Americas

 ● 12th Mar 2019

4 min read

Known as the best place to be as a software engineer, SREcon is what happens when a diverse community of engineers gathers to collaborate, get inspiration to think beyond challenges and join the discussion on SRE philosophy.

Those in attendance will get to take part in a conference that focuses on delivering deeper technical insights, global innovations, small business solutions and more. It will be held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, the same place P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants in 1884.

And this year, the greatest show for software engineers will be jam-packed with live talks, Q&A’s, hands-on workshops and lightning talks. When it’s this good, it’s hard to choose. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll see this year at SREcon19:

How Did Things Go Right? Learning More from Incidents

It’s the paradigm shift that makes all the difference. Keeping your eyes on failure-based learning can impede your performance. Instead, learn to go from focusing on what went wrong to what went right with Ryan Kitchens, a Site Reliability Engineer on the core team at Netflix.
Monday, March 25 @ 1:40 pm



Tackling Kafka, with a Small Team

And then sometimes, failure teaches great lessons. Jaren Glover at Robinhood opens up about his experience as a one-engineer team at a company experiencing rapid growth. He shares what he learned from his experience deploying Kafka at scale, helping to develop a tactical approach to conquering a complex system with an understaffed team while your business is growing fast.
Monday, March 25 @ 2:50 pm



Tracing, Fast and Slow: Digging into and Improving Your Web Service’s Performance

Ready to make noticeable improvements? Boost your service’s performance with a few tricks of the trade. Lynn Root of Spotify talks tips on how to identify bottlenecks and implement tools to measure performance and make improvements.
Monday, March 25 @ 3:50 pm



SRE & Product Management: How to Level up Your Team (And Career!) by Thinking like a Product Manager

Engineers aren’t often called upon to do such things. But building relationships with users can benefit you, your career and your team. Find out how to go beyond simply perfecting platforms. Make like a product manager and start improving workflows and ensuring users love the product. Delivering this talk is Jen Wohlner of Fastly.
Monday, March 25 @ 3:50 pm



Running Excellent Retrospectives: Talking for Humans

Another thing engineers aren’t often called upon to do is emerge from the office and talk. Is it any wonder that retrospectives have become synonymous with disaster? There is another way. Listen in as Courtney Eckhardt of Heroku and Lex Neva of Fastly deliver tools for facilitating or attending these meetings with ease and mutual respect. Learn how to avoid blaming, develop listening skills, navigate when the conversation becomes charged and counterproductive, and arrive at results in the same meeting.
Tuesday, March 26 @ 4:00 pm



Optimizing for Learning

By pairing her research in cognitive science with her experience working as an SRE for Buzzfeed, Logan McDonald presents an innovative approach to improving the learning process in order to respond better to incidents.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 9:00 am–9:30 am



Mindfulness in SRE: Monitoring and Alerting for One’s Self

Mindfulness isn’t just for “everyone else.” It’s a science-backed tool for boosting productivity, and it can help you on the job. Google SRE manager Tommy Lutz digs in deeper in this session.
Wednesday, March 27 @ 3:45 pm



See you there?

We hope you have a great time at the conference, we know we’re going to have a blast. Want to share your thoughts or insights on the upcoming sessions? Send us your comment or tweet at us @overopshq.

Nick heads up events at OverOps, so you’ll probably see him on the road at conferences, meetups & summits throughout the year. If you do, be sure to say hi! When he’s home in SF, Nick likes to hike, cook, and play board games with friends.

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