Engineering organizations have embraced microservices at scale because they minimize dependencies, allow software to ship faster at a lower risk, and are less expensive to maintain when compared to the monolithic applications of yesterday. However, as more services are added, managing them becomes increasingly complex. Even more problematic; Engineering teams today depend on “tribal knowledge” and multiple spreadsheets to track and optimize hundreds of microservices, leading to surprise outages, security vulnerabilities, and loss of time and money. The largest challenges facing engineering teams today aren’t technical, they are cultural; but there is a better way. In this presentation, Nikhil will discuss proven strategies and best practices to take control of your service infrastructure, drive adoption of best practices, and foster a culture of reliability and ownership.
Key Discussion Points:
- Being proactive, not reactive in adopting development best practices
- Eliminating tribal knowledge and fostering a culture of ownership
- Driving continual improvement in engineering quality
- Simultaneously giving your team autonomy while enforcing consistency
- Creating an enablement mindset within your team
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Building a Culture to Take Control of Your Software
is the Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Cortex, and a Fortune 30 Under 30 Enterprise Technology 2022 honoree. Cortex is the first-ever Software Engineering Platform that lets engineering teams build reliable and innovative software at scale, funded by Sequoia Capital and YCombinator. He previously served in the role of Senior Software Engineer at Twilio managing the Billing Platform team. Prior to joining Twillio, Nikhil was a software engineer at Addepar, where he served on the Infrastructure team. He also served in engineering roles at Amazon Web Services and Adobe. His entrepreneurial endeavors include co-founding Divtera, a marketplace for home equity, and Homeroom.me, a collaborative software platform for companies and employees to manage their workflow. Nikhil holds a bachelor of arts degree in computer science from University of California, Berkeley.