Speaker Deck

Understanding Slowness

by Theo Schlossnagle

Published June 25, 2014 in Technology

One of the dying skill sets in today’s engineering teams is the multi-disciplinary analyst that can truly dissect dysfunction in the radically complex architectures of today. As tools emerge that connect the dots, it might be faster to collect the data needed to analysis and decision making, but the knowledge and techniques to actually make the assessments needed are hard to come by.

In this session, we’ll walk through a complex architecture and discuss what an engineer in this role really needs to understand. We’ll analyze a few anecdotal problems and see why this world of magical automation and elastic deployments will never really displace the need for root on a production box, a debugger, and the ability to move fast, take risks and destroy performance problems.