Building Paved Roads to Production

A repeatable and low cognitive overhead SDLC process is the spine of your engineering organization. In this workshop, we present an overview of the evolution of the SDLC toolchain, examine trends in developing and deploying cloud-native software, and ultimately how to set direction that crafts a paved road for developers to production.

Workshop Outline:

  1. Evolution of the SDLC Toolchain.
    1. Pre-Cloud
    2. Cloud Era
      1. Technology trends for cloud-native development 
        1. ie: IaC, Service Catalogs, Emphermeral environments
  2. How to use values & principles to set guardrails on technology for your SDLC toolchain
  3. Small Group Discussion on pain points you are facing in your SDLC toolchain
  4. Introducing guardrails that build a road to production

Key Takeaways

1 Paved roads increase engineering efficiency, reduce R&D spend, and increase onboarding.

2 Using Values and Principles will get you farther than being prescriptive for toolchains.

3 Understanding how to balance friction and leverage and create backpressure in the right places.


Andrew Fong

CEO/Co-founder @Prodvana

Andrew is currently CEO of Prodvana, where the team believes in a world where engineers orchestrate software in production with zero overhead. 

Over the last 20+ years, he has held engineering, senior, and executive leadership roles at companies such as AOL, Google/YouTube, Dropbox, and Vise. Additionally, he has helped build the SRE community by helping to establish SREConm participating as a steering committee member for the first three conferences, and writing a chapter in "Seeking SRE."

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Friday Oct 6 / 09:00AM PDT ( 3 hours )


Seacliff D


Level beginner