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16th to 17th August 2018

in San Francisco, United States

Experimentation. Chaos. Resilience.

These topics are on the tip of the tongue for every engineering team struggling to deal with the complexities of developing and operating real-world, large-scale software systems.

It’s easy to understand why. When teams start spending more time dealing with incidents and production outages than developing features and delivering customer value, it’s worth asking: Is the chaotic cycle of “develop and deploy, production is on fire now, FIX IT FAST, postmortem it weeks later, file a list of bug fixes we can’t get to because we’re too busy, develop and deploy, production is on...” really working for our teams? Or is there a better way?

This is what resilience engineering is about… and what we’ll explore together at REdeploy.

But resilience isn’t just about the technology.

It’s about teams and how they work.

It’s about their ability to create the additional capacity needed to cope with unexpected challenges. It’s about how they make sense of the razor-sharp edge of the systems they work in and how they communicate that context to others who have to make their own critical, day-to-day tradeoffs and decisions.

And ultimately, it’s about the people in those systems. No team can be resilient and create technology that adapts to the world if the people developing that technology are burnt out. Creating resilient teams requires understanding how we can cultivate resilience in ourselves, in our colleagues, and in our friends, and be able to help them when the system is pushing them toward ineffective and unhealthy boundaries.

REdeploy is a rich exploration of all of these topics. But more than that, it’s an exploration of the intersection of and interactions between them.

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Get to know the organizers

  • Avatar of Mary Thengvall

    Mary Thengvall @mary-grace

    lives in San Francisco

    Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting and contracting with companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She's the author of "The Business Value of Developer Relations," coming soon from Apress.

    Mary is a co-host of Community Pulse, a podcast for community professionals, and the curator of DevRel Weekly, a newsletter for people in the Developer Relations industry. She speaks at various conferences and events about building and fostering technical communities as well as how to prevent burnout in yourself and your team.