7 Ways DevOps Can Avoid Alert Fatigue

7 ways to avoid alert fatigue

Being on-call doesn’t have to mean you’re always tired The introduction of monitoring into the DevOps world means alerts will occur 24/7. As such, there will be alert fatigue in DevOps. Monitoring needs alerts in order to be effective but the issue is that while our technology is 24/7, humans cannot work in a similar fashion. Clearly, 24/7 alerts need to be better calibrated with human physiological realities in order to avoid alert fatigue. The remedy then is to implement an IT alerting system that differentiates high priority alerts and allows for messaging with attachments. Alert fatigue in DevOps The traditional setup of IT and DevOps is such that email is the main form of relating issues such as deployment problems or server problems. If software fails to deploy correctly, an email goes to a designated engineer. Similarly, if a server experiences a power surge, an email is sent. Monitoring […] Read more »

Feel the burnout

Everyone on your team is feeling the pain.

Eleven practical ways for DevOps engineers to better manage their work environment At OnPage, we know the importance of devops burnout and have explored in other formats such as our e-book and video. The seriousness of the issue is highlighted by the following components: Decreased employee happiness. Employees become less satisfied and content with their work Decreased productivity. Because employees are fatigued, they are less productive Frequent job shifts. Throughout the industry, it has become standard for engineers to switch jobs every 2 to 3 years in hopes of finding employment that won’t burn them out. How to recognize devops burnout How do you realize that you are suffering from burnout? It’s like the famous description of a frog in boiling water. The frog only knows he’s going to die when it’s too late. Similarly, the engineer only knows they are suffering burnout when they have either burnt bridges or broken friendships […] Read more »

ChatOps – Secret to great incident management in DevOps teams of 20 or 2000

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Chat your way to excellence DevOps is constantly trying to improve production through automation, collaboration and tools. ChatOps is often the paradigm which brings these tasks together into a single conversation. In ChatOps, “chat applications and tools for real-time communication and task execution [are distributed] among members of development and IT operations teams”.   Yet often times the proponents of ChatOps don’t pay sufficient attention to the incident management component part of the operation, preferring instead to look at the bots and chat room tools. However, as James Fryman noted in his talk on ChatOps: Technology and Philosophy at Geekdom San Francisco “the shared context [of chat rooms] allows everybody to see and collaborate around things that happen. This is super amazing [for] the incident management space.” Specifically, though, when high priority or critical alerts occur, notifications need to be used to broadcast the incident beyond the chat room and ensure the conversations […] Read more »

The secret to blameless post mortems

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How your engineering teams can move past finger-pointing to effectively managing mistakes Sidney Dekker’s theory on ‘bad apples’ holds that complex systems think they would be fine if it were not for the erratic behavior of some unreliable people. According to this theory, when unexpected events are seen in an otherwise safe system, they are typically and conveniently assigned to “human error” and when they are severe to “operator carelessness”. Similarly, post mortems often look to define and parcel out blame to engineers. Yet it begs the question of how effective the post mortems are if their only purpose is to assign blame. Instead, effective post mortems needs to “acknowledge the human tendency to blame, to allow for a productive form of its expression, and constantly refocus the postmortem’s attention past it.” Post mortems vs retrospectives The problem with post mortems begins with its name “post mortem”, which if you ask […] Read more »

Bringing Dev and Ops together with on-call groups

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Make Dev and Ops better together by building empathy with on-call groups   Create Effective Schedules Much has been written on the tension that often exists between Dev and Ops teams in an organization. All too frequently, Devs are focused on rapid prototyping and creating code while Ops are focused on keeping the ship stable and making as few changes as possible. When I was at the DevOps Boston Conference last week, much of the “hallway conference” was devoted to conversations on how to build empathy between these frenemies and make them exist in less opposition to one another. How can Dev and Ops become less siloed? How can management encourage cross pollination? One important psychological realization was that in order to create empathy between these two groups and ensure an effective group dynamic, the teams need to spend more time living in one another’s shoes. One strong and significant step that can […] Read more »

See You at Boston DevOps Days 2016

OnPage is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at DevOps Days Boston taking place at the Boston Park Plaza on August 25-26th.  If you’re attending, please stop by and get one of our very cool t-shirts and enter to win one of the many prizes we’re raffling off. If you want to schedule a time to chat or see some of our newest features, please sign up for a meeting with us. We’d love to speak with you. Uniqueness of Boston DevOps Days – where to start When Patrick Debois and Andrew Shafer coined the term DevOps back in 2009, they probably did not expect their concept for bringing together agile development and code deployment to become a worldwide phenomenon. However, today cities around the world host DevOps conferences and each conference has its own flavor. Boston’s attendees are not surprisingly from the high tech and biotech communities. Attendees from […] Read more »

OnPage: ConnectWise Invent Partner

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OnPage Appointed as Certified ConnectWise Invent Partner!   Based upon its groundbreaking Round-Trip Integration with ConnectWise,  OnPage is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by ConnectWise as Certified Partner in the Labtech/ConnectWise Invent Developer Program.   We look forward to OnPage for ConnectWise appearing in the ConnectWise marketplace in January with new features which bring the industry’s leading Priority IT Alerting to ConnectWise users worldwide. For more information: OnPage Partner Program THE VALUE OF PRIORITY ROUND-TRIP ALERTING™ ConnectWise knows their customers need to assure that critical alerts not only reach the right person at the right time but are acted upon. The key is providing automatic, intelligent alerting that generates a complete audit trail.  All from within the ConnectWise console. NOTE:  Please View Video Full Screen, 1080p HD ConnectWise Application Partner Program: ConnectWise Invent is a unique program combining readiness, support, certification and awareness for vendor integrators. Through the […] Read more »