Speaker: Kent Quirk
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Staff Engineer @Honeycomb.io
Kent Quirk has 40 years of software engineering experience all over the industry. He has worked on low-level embedded systems and device drivers, spent 15 years making games, and built backend systems for internet-scale SaaS. He’s a 3-time entrepreneur who has also worked for a few industry giants. He has held various engineering management positions like CTO and VP Engineering, but never stepped away from code and is currently a Staff Engineer on the Collection team at Honeycomb.io, focused on developer experience.
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We want our systems to be reliable, but testing alone isn't enough. In a complex, multi-service system, it's impossible to test your way to correctness. That's why we need observability. Observability is the ability to see what our code is doing, in production and in development.