So you want to know more about SLOs? We’ve got a conference for that! 

Building on the success of the Beyond Seattle SRE Meetup, our SLO conference (or #SLOconf) will be a virtual, attend-while-you-work experience for reliability engineers, enthusiasts, and anyone else who gets excited about reliability to gather and talk about SLOs in depth. From May 17-20th, #SLOconf will cover topics at every level. Whether you’re new to SLOs, looking for the human side of SLOs (SLOcial Studies!) or you want to get beyond the “theory” and take a technical deep dive into service level objectives – #SLOconf is doing it all.

Here’s the format!

  • Presentations: 5-10 minutes from the most informed SREs in the field
  • A dedicated Slack channel  
  • Hands-on Labs 
  • A strict no sales pitch policy

There will be 4 Tracks:

  • New To SLOs – learn the basics & how to get started

SLOs are a key principle of Site Reliability Engineering and perhaps the most important place to begin. This beginner’s track will cover the fundamentals of SLOs, including how to use objectives, indicators, and error budgets to build reliable systems by focusing on customer outcomes. It will give you a basic understanding of what IS a SLO? 

  • SLOcializing – the human & cultural side of SLOs

The SLOcializing track will cover the human aspects of Service Level Agreements.  SLOs are a combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools. Learn about the SLO culture and how to transform your company to focus on customer outcomes. Gain insight on how best to convince your boss that SLOs rock and how to talk about the business value of SLOs. Do your SLOcial studies homework!

  • Technical and Deep Dive – visualizations, expressions, architectural strategy, doing it “at scale”

Lets face it, SLOs can be hard. This track will go deep into the technical aspects of SLOs. If you love statistics, math, visualizations, architectural strategy or doing SLOs at scale, this is the track for you. Nerd. Warning: The lessons here are designed to make your head hurt.

  • Beyond Theory – case studies, what it takes to build SLO platforms, failures

Beyond Theory covers everything practical. Get real world examples of SLOs embraced by SREs in practice. This track covers case studies, common failures and just good SLO stories. Come to this track to learn what works and how to avoid mistakes that others have made.

As you can see, #SLOconf has a little something for every level of the SLO curious. Please register to attend here. See you May 17th!


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