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Two Tales - Eric Pollmann

In October we held a special Test in Production session. With a nod to Halloween, we cohosted an evening with and invited speakers to share their scariest stories of operational outages and other horrors. While stories like these can be cringe-worthy, they are invaluable learning experiences. Eric Pollman, CTO and co-founder of ClearBrain and one of the original SREs at Google, shared two stories. First he spoke about how Google Ads went fully offline for 90+ minutes. Then he went on to talk about a zombie haunted pipeline that kept developers awake late into the night. “Given the theme of horror, wanted to really express how that, even in these kinds of situations no matter how cautious of clever we are as engineers, or as leaders of engineers these things are inevitable, and we can always learn from each other.” - Eric Pollman, CTO and co-founder of ClearBrain Watch the video to learn how Eric’s teams survived these horrific events, and the lessons learned that will never be forgotten. If you’re interested in joining us at a future Meetup, you can sign up here: #launchdarkly #clearbrain #testinproduction Subscribe to LaunchDarkly: Learn more about LaunchDarkly: Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: About LaunchDarkly: Feature management allows development teams to innovate faster by fundamentally transforming how software is delivered to customers. With the ability to gradually release new software features to any segment of users on any platform, DevOps teams can standardize safe releases at scale, accelerate their journey to the cloud and collaborate more effectively with business teams. Today, LaunchDarkly deploys peaks of 20 trillion feature flags each day, and that number continues to grow. Founded in 2014 in Oakland, California by Edith Harbaugh and John Kodumal, LaunchDarkly has been named on the Forbes Cloud 100 list, InfoWorld’s 2021 Technology of the Year list, and the Enterprise Tech 30 list.