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Intro to Observability-Driven Development

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How do you make decisions to flip feature flags or know if edge cases really matter? Who should care about observability? How do you build a culture around asking and answering questions about the software you create?

Christine Yen, co-founder and Chief Product Officer, and Aneel Lakhani, VP Business Development, join Lachie to talk about observability, observability driven-development, and why they're so passionate about creating a community that gives everyone the power to ask and answer questions about code, products, and users.*

They'll share the lessons they've learned, from building Honeycomb's engineering team to hosting their first observability conference, and more.

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    I'm confused. Is this "The Open Source Show"? As far as I can tell, this episode has nothing to do with open source. It seems more like inviting a company to pitch their closed source, proprietary, commercial product to me. Furthermore, very little depth on observability-driven development in the conversation either. As a long-time open source developer and open source project leader, I'm really disappointed.

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    @Rob: Firstly, I'm sorry to hear that that this episode didn't hit the mark for you :(. On The Open Source Show, we invite guests to share their knowledge, on both technical and non-technical topics of interest to the open source community.

    As thought leaders in Observability Driven Development and the founders of o11ycon, we reached out to to learn more about the topic and how they're setting out to create a community of practice around observability. To demonstrate the practice and to help people see the concept in action, we thought one of the easiest ways was to talk about they how think about observability and apply it to their development process.

    We try not to compress too much into a short video, giving enough background on a topic to whet viewers' appetite, and if interested, inspire them to learn more about a topic. If you have a topic you'd like to hear about, have suggestions on how we can improve, or if you'd like to come on the show to discuss a topic that you think would resonate, please share them with us ( - we'd love hear from you!

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