If you want your product engineering teams to be able to deliver a fast flow of business value to their customers, you need them to have a high degree of autonomy. That includes making decisions about the technology they use.
But there is a problem with this, which is that those teams are making choices that optimize for their needs. Lots of local optimization can leave you with an unsupportable mess of different technologies. It also leaves a gap where there should be global optimization, of the things that matter to the organization as a whole.
You also won't have every skill on every development team, and you don't want every team solving the same problems in potentially different ways, particularly for the problems that aren't core to your business. There are very few businesses where having different continuous integration tooling between one team and the next is a business differentiator!
This is where you need an internal developer platform, providing tools, services, expertise and help. But to do this well, you need a platform team that thinks about their platform as a product, and focuses on what those development teams need.
On this track we will hear about the kinds of developer platforms being built, and what makes them successful.
From this track
Demystifying Kubernetes Platforms with Backstage
Thursday Jun 15 / 10:35AM EDT
Developer platforms can help developers move faster, be more productive, and focus on delivering value.
Senior Infrastructure Engineer @ Spotify
How DoorDash Ensures Velocity and Reliability through Policy Automation
Thursday Jun 15 / 11:50AM EDT
Infrastructure-as-code has grown in popularity over the past few years. With this codification, many companies have adopted review processes that keep their infrastructure engineers constantly reviewing code changes and busy with mostly tedious work.
Software Engineer @Doordash
Hard Problems in Frontend Platforms
Thursday Jun 15 / 01:40PM EDT
Imagine you are tasked with building a platform to support a distributed system where your code executes in a remote environments.
Frontend Architect @Etsy
Scaling Organizations with Platform Engineering
Thursday Jun 15 / 02:55PM EDT
Engineering organizations are often incentivized to prioritize short-term growth over long-term needs, leading to socio-technical consequences such as tech debt, organization siloes, and attrition.
Staff Engineer @nytimes
Perils, Pitfalls and Pratfalls of Platform Engineering
Thursday Jun 15 / 04:10PM EDT
Platform engineering isn’t supposed to be just another name for SRE, DevOps, infrastructure, or backend software engineering teams; but if you aren’t careful, that’s what you’ll get.
CTO @Honeycombio, Previously engineer & manager @Facebook @Parse & @Linden Lab