Engineer and engineering leader. Recovering manager. On-call more often than not. Speaker, mentor, and advisor.
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I took a pretty long break from public speaking while I was managing Slack’s Service Engineering team. Now I am back to speaking about operational tooling, distributed systems, and the realities of production at scale.
I hoard links at Pinboard.
Much less frequently, I tweet as @rcrowley.
Matt Tanase and I founded DevStructure in 2010 and tried until 2012 to reduce the distance between development and production with the Blueprint configuration management tool. It was not a commercial success however I still believe the problems we set out to solve then remain unsolved and I am still pursuing solutions.
I served as advisor to Opsmatic, which was eventually acquired and became New Relic Infrastructure, and am currently advising Smallstep. I like to work with founders and early employees to make their technology the best it can be and to bring it reliably to the most customers possible.
At present, I am the Operations Architect at Slack. I tolerate computers, like bicycles, am not a very good open-source maintainer, and live in San Francisco with my wife and kids.
I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and am passably good at responding in a timely fashion. My public key is on pgp.mit.edu and Keybase.