We fret about how to break system knowledge out of knowledge silos—the expert individuals with a deep intuitive understanding of our complex systems. Beth Long explains how those experts represent both a vulnerability and a strength, and understanding them as a key mechanism in our larger systems will help us harness their power and protect against fragility. How do these people engage with the system and act to protect, fortify, and improve it? How can engineering organizations protect and fortify experts as a key part of their observability strategy?
Beth Adele Long abandoned a potential career as a rocket scientist to tinker with websites. She’s currently a DevOps solutions strategist for New Relic and the project lead for New Relic’s collaboration with the SNAFUcatchers industry consortium. She’s obsessed with joint cognitive systems and good pens.
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