Run the OpenTelemetry Collector in Kubernetes for Front-End Tracing

TL;DR: Run the OpenTelemetry Collector helm chart with –values=values.yaml pointing to the values.yaml in this gist. Use kubectl get services to find the collector’s URL. The rest of this blog post walks through the whole process of setting this up. This will teach you the why and how of each step, so that you can adjust it to your needs. There’s also …

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Five Measurements You Should Make and Then Ignore (Plus One to Watch Intently)

Are we succeeding as a software team?Well, if our job were feature delivery, we could look at the parade of JIRA tickets in our “complete” column. That is only part of our job, though.The purpose of a software team is to provide valued capabilities to customers, internal or external. To do that, our software has …

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Principles of Collaborative Automation

Principles of Collaborative Automation How can we make our tools work with our team? Like a good team member, great tools keep us informed, implement our decisions, and help us understand errors.Drawing from aviation, medicine, and software, here are strategies for choosing and building tools that enhance us and do not frustrate us. abstract Great …

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Taking care of code … more and more code

(This is a shorter version of my talk for DeliveryConf, January 2020. Video of slides+audio; Slides as pdf) Good software is still alive. The other day, I asked my twelve year old daughter for recommendations of drawing programs. She told me about one (FireAlpaca?) “It’s free, and it updates pretty often.” She contrasted that with …

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