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Taylor Barnett

Taylor Barnett


Session Name: Human-in-the-Loop DevOps

Automation has become our North Star. And while we want to automate the toil away, the goal of no toil is unattainable. Many tasks and processes can only be partially automated because they still require human intervention and insights. It is time to look at automation through a different lens.

Human-in-the-Loop DevOps is the idea that we can benefit from automating toil while still embracing human adaptability. In this talk, we'll take a critical look at end-to-end automation while discussing common patterns of tasks that can be fully automated, like health checks and monitoring, and ones that cannot, like incident response and coordination. We'll share examples of pulling humans into the loop at critical junctures, and that allows humans to add maximal value while automating the tedium. And lastly, we'll discuss how Human-in-the-Loop DevOps can lower cognitive load and improve the on-call experience.

Speaker Bio:

Taylor Barnett is a Senior Community Engineer at Transposit. She is passionate about building great technical user experiences with an emphasis on empathy within Product and Documentation and spends a considerable amount of time thinking about API integrations.

After leaving software engineering roles at a couple of companies, Taylor led Developer Relations at Stoplight, an API design management platform, and worked with the developer community, SDKs, and Product at Keen, a data analytics API company. She has spoken at conferences such as O'Reilly OSCON, GlueCon, API Strategy & Practice, Failover Conf, and DevXcon. She is currently the program chair of the API Specifications Conference.

In her free time, she's either climbing rocks with friends, trying to find the funkiest sour beers, or hanging out with her corgi, Yoda, in Austin, Texas.