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HullDevs - Monitoring your Software

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Hull Devs is a brilliant event for local developers. Get involved to learn new things and network with like-minded people. This month we will be joined by Jess White teaching us why we need more dashboards, and Moreton Brockley showing us the science behind monitoring! With free food and drink, AND prizes to be won, this isn't one to miss.

Who Needs Dashboards?

Who the heck needs dashboards? Yes, they are pretty and full of information but who has any use for them? Who understands them? How can you make sure they are fit for purpose?

Creating useful dashboards is difficult. Figuring out what information should be displayed, where and why can be confusing. A useful first step in getting this right is to know who your audience is. Who will be using this dashboard? What for? What do they care about?

Together we will explore some of the many forms of dashboards, from those that are of most use to developers to those that display higher level information for business'. We'll examine why they are important and what situations they are most useful in.

No matter what your role within a company, there will be a type of dashboard that will dazzle you with its insights. Come along and find out which dashboard you need.

Goals, Monitoring, and the Scientific Method

Initially, there was nothing. No users. No code. No infrastructure. No platform. It was a peaceful time. Now you are dealing with just keeping a ship afloat on the sea of product development. Most of your time is spent below decks patching small holes in your craft. In the mess, where you went to grab some food, your captain starts giving you a tirade about capacity planning. It's not very coherent, he's very drunk. All of a sudden someone spots some rocks almost under the bow of your ship. There are no lifeboats. They were too expensive.

Have you ever felt a bit like this when facing keeping things running? Do you want a more predictable approach to improvement that ties to business goals? Do you just want a little more warning when things might be going wrong?

During this session, I will answer these questions based on my experience in industry working on a platform serving fast-growing user needs. To do this we will explore a framework for dealing with the challenges present in operating and maintaining a popular software platform. This will broadly cover business goals, monitoring, instrumentation and the scientific method.

This session is suitable for developers at any stage in their career who are interested in monitoring, instrumenting code, driving change and applying the scientific method. It will also be suitable for those interested in linking user experience back to their software.

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