Conf42: Site Reliability Engineering 2022

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Combat sports principles that apply to Site Reliability Engineering

Paul Marsicovetere
Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer @ Formidable

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As a Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, I find that my life is vastly different from professional fighters and athletes competing in combat sports for many obvious reasons. However, there are some principles from the combat sports world that have an interesting application to professional life in Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

This talk will help demonstrate how these principles have helped me navigate through difficult situations in SRE as well as help any new engineers in SRE that are starting out.

While there are not a lot of obvious overlaps on paper between being in combat sports and being in SRE, there is advice and guidance from those throwing punches that can help us knock-out certain SRE challenges.

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