Room 6 - Level 5 

13:40 - 14:40 


Talk (60 min)

Actionable Observability

While observability is the first step towards building observable systems, monitoring enables us to action on the telemetry collected.


Previous approaches to monitoring have relied primarily on infrastructure and service metrics, but modern approaches have embraced the idea of monitoring based on metrics that reflect the user experiences more accurately.

This talk will elaborate on those differences and a new monitoring approach that actions on SLOs. We’ll cover the following:
1. Observability vs Monitoring
2. Metrics and Types of Metrics & Monitors
3. Why SLOs are a good monitoring strategy

Lesley Cordero

Lesley Cordero is currently a Staff Software Engineer, Tech Lead at The New York Times. She has spent the majority of her career on edtech teams as an engineer, including Google for Education and other edtech startups.

In her current role, she is focused on observability, shared platforms, and building excellent teams by setting reliability vision & strategy across The Times, improving our observability footprint, and cultivating culture that builds with the most vulnerable employees in mind first. She shows care for others by holding them accountable to the best versions of themselves – and by buying them the occasional bubble tea.