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Thursday, August 31 • 14:30 - 15:00
The Why, What, and How of Starting an SRE Engagement

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One of the hardest things to do is trust an outside voice. What are the boundaries between live site features and service features? How much expertise is required to be on-call? Who decides what’s in the best interests of the service? How is this not another Ops team or a staff augment? Who’s "in charge" and who makes prioritization calls? How do you build mutual trust? These are just some of the challenges in building a successful partnership between a product group and SRE.

In this talk we will present what we learned about the technical, organizational, and political systems that were needed to provide SRE to the Azure Internet-of-Things product group and how this can be used as a template for your services. We will discuss how to start an engagement, build partnerships and trust across organizations, provide ROI, keep a distinct identity and the frameworks that were developed to maintain tight organizational alignment including a new take on error budgets.

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Richard Clawson

Microsoft Azure
Richard Clawson is a Site Reliability Engineer working on the Azure SRE Team. He is part of the team in Azure that is working to improve operations across the Azure stack. Currently he is focused on creating repeatable patterns and practices for SRE engagements. Before Azure he was... Read More →
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Josh Gilliland

Microsoft Azure
Josh Gilliland is a Program Manager for Azure SRE at Microsoft, focused on maturing the SRE model for Azure. Prior to that he was in program management in support of Azure networking.

Thursday August 31, 2017 14:30 - 15:00 IST
Lansdowne Room