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Sarah Wells
Technical Director for Operations and Reliability at the Financial Times. Views my own. Software development, board games, cheese, music and sword fighting
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DHH 17h
Good long-read contrasting what happened to FogBugz, which stuck to its "rewrites are the worst thing ever" ideology, and Basecamp/FreshBooks, which both rewrote and still prosper today.
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QCon London 19h
This year's closing keynote for is "Bad Science, Better Data" talk by Read more: For £10, people who haven’t attended (including QCon attendee partners & community members) can join us. Register:
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Sarah Wells Feb 18
Not really - we have some guardrails but not currently in a state to share. They cover plenty of stuff but don’t say a lot about limiting production access. Mostly it’s simple stuff - separate AWS accounts, limit root access, script stuff so we can rebuild quickly from mistakes
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Charity Majors Feb 16
Company goals and values don't mean shit (and everyone knows it) unless you also - promote on achievements that are consistent with those values & contribute to those goals - praise for work that leads to those achievements or exemplifies those contributions
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Charity Majors Feb 17
I think I need to clarify this a few hundred times more: I am NOT advocating thaf everyone ssh to prod and fuck the environs up willy-nilly. Good lord. Everyone gets to/has to debug in prod ✨thru the lens of their code instrumentation✨
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Ian Coldwater 👻🌿✨ Feb 16
Security people: what is something you wish you understood better about containers/k8s? Container/k8s people: what is something you wish you understood better about security? This is for science! RT for reach? 💖
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Sarah Wells Feb 17
The full access thing. I want all the team to support the things they build and that means the same access an ‘ops’ team would have. But this shouldn’t mean unsafe, uncontrolled. We should build systems with safe guards so it’s hard to screw up because of the access you have 2/2
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Sarah Wells Feb 17
It would be like not letting the airplane engineer see whether the plane they built flies well! So they can tweak it to fly better. Which means they need to be able to see all the metrics. Like a pit crew in motor racing 1/2
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Sarah Wells Feb 16
Replying to @vds4
Wow, thank you! Great to meet you too and I look forward to our follow up conversations
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Sarah Wells Feb 16
Replying to @secretbatcave
Ooh, interesting - cheers!
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Joseph Woodward Feb 15
A great post by on logging and how the move into distributed systems has changed how we should approach logging. It really should be something you think about at the beginning instead of an afterthought.
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Sarah Wells Feb 16
Replying to @RobMeaney @RebelConf
😂 - Well in that case thank you for the invite and I look forward to meeting you in June!
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Sarah Wells Feb 16
Replying to @RobMeaney @RebelConf
Are you going to be there? If so, excellent - I really feel we should meet after putting your name in my notes from so many times!
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Charity Majors Feb 16
You don't have software ownership if you don't have the ability to watch your code run in production. That would be like... * not letting a chef taste their food * making an artist paint blindfolded * printing the handwritten first draft of a novel with no editing
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Sarah Wells Feb 16
Great night last night, loved meeting and spending time with you all the last few days
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Sarah Wells Feb 16
I’m glad for the late checkout this morning!
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Markus Tacker 🇳🇴 Feb 16
Hei! Take the time to submit your proposal to JS Camp Barcelona! They are doing a lot to support people from underrepresented groups and this is your chance to make a difference in how conferences look like. If you are hesitant, go to a on March 2nd! We will help you!
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Marina Hyde Feb 15
My bit on Steve Baker and the rest of the Brexit allstars
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Sarah Wells Feb 15
this is the book! I still can’t draw animals
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Sarah Wells Feb 15
Really good!
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