28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

The accidental sys admin

Chris Young Honeycomb TV Ltd

Session type: Case Study
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Case Study

I never set out to be a sys admin but after 15 years in technology management it’s the hat I put on most often. And one I encourage people to wear on a daily basis.

Without a shared understanding of what it takes to run a software system in production, delivery falters and failure demand rises.

In this session I'll share ways of working, tools used and habits adopted that help deliver better systems in less time to greater effect. I'll share examples of the practices that have characterised the teams I've been working with over the last few years.

These are practical things; tools used, habits adopted and ways of working that help deliver better systems in less time and to more effect.

They include:

  • throwing away staging
  • giving everyone root
  • letting go of established tools and practices
  • making logging and metrics first class citizens
  • using operational features

About the Speaker

Chris has been leading engineering teams since 1999. He was pivotal in the BBC’s adoption of agile in 2000-2001, using it to deliver the pioneering multi-screen Wimbledon service for Sky.

Since then he has worked for broadcasters and platform owners, including Dish Network in the US and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.

Most recently he led the development team for the YouView Set Top Box User Interface and headed up engineering for YouTube’s largest content network outside the US, Base79 (now Rightster).

He is now CTO of Ad Tech start up Honeycomb TV Ltd.

He is an active member of the lean/agile/DevOps community, speaking at meet-ups and conferences across Europe, including CukeUp and Agile Cambridge.


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