Establishing a Culture of Observability at Vanguard

Rich Anakor, chief solutions architect at Vanguard, is on a small team with a big goal: Give Vanguard customers a better experience by enabling internal engineering teams to better understand their massively complex production environment—and to do that quickly across the entire organization, in the notoriously slow-moving financial services industry. They also had a big problem: The production environment itself.


Improving Our Typography to Optimize the Honeycomb User Experience

This is the second post in our series about Lattice, Honeycomb’s new design system and how we’re applying a user-centric design philosophy to our product. Lattice begin! At Honeycomb, we understand that our users are often under a great deal of pressure when troubleshooting complicated issues in their applications.

The State of Observability 2021: Mature Teams Ship Better Code Faster and You Can Too

The 2021 Observability Maturity Community Research report is the first year-over-year look at the observability landscape and how practices are evolving. And they are 3X more likely to deliver high customer satisfaction. Which practices make all the difference when it comes to advancing the impact of your observability practice? Honeycomb's VP of Engineering, Emily Nakashima leads a discussion with Redmonk Co-founder James Governor, Honeycomb CTO and Co-founder Charity Majors, and Eaze's Sr. Software Engineer, Joe Thackery.

How Slack Transformed Their CI With Tracing

Slack experienced meteoric growth between 2017 and 2020—but that level of growth came with growing pains. In his talk at the 2021 o11ycon+hnycon, Frank Chen (LinkedIn), a Slack Senior Staff Engineer, detailed one of Slack’s biggest pain points in that period: flaky tests. A flaky test returns both a passing and failing result despite no changes in the code. At one point, between 2017 and 2020, Slack’s flaky test rate reached as high as 50%.


Designing Honeycomb for Our Users

You might have noticed some visual changes happening in Honeycomb lately. Colors, typography, icons, and some features have started to look a bit different. While these changes are just beginning to make their way into the product, we’ve been working on them for some time. Let’s look at what has been going on behind the scenes to make them happen.

o11ycon Keynote

presented at o11ycon+hnycon, June 9-10, 2021 Nora Jones, CEO @ Jeli, Charity Majors, CTO & Co-founder@ Honeycomb o11ycon Keynote Nora Jones and Charity Majors will share their experiences leading major movements shaping the future of shipping software. Nora Jones is CEO of Jeli, and former engineer at Netflix and Slack will share her research and experience with Chaos Engineering, human factors, and site reliability. Charity Majors is Honeycomb's CTO and co-founder, who pioneered Observability as a software practice for modern teams.