The Art of Monitoring With James Turnbull

Posted on Sunday, Oct 2, 2016
Friend of the podcast James Turnbull joins us to talk about his new book, The Art of Monitoring…and a little bit about this whole functional programming thing

Show Notes

Don’t forget to check out the book itself! The Art of Monitoring.

Back in the day, James also wrote a book called Pro Nagios 2.0.

Three stages of monitoring maturity:

  • Manual, user-initiated, or no monitoring (aka Bridget’s example of “we know things are broken because the customer calls us to complain”)
  • Reactive
  • Proactive

“You will eventually get to CPU, memory, and disk, but a lot later after you start with the things you should really care about” - James

“Too much monitoring is binary - this thing either works or it doesn’t” - James

Also mentioned:

Community & Event Stuff

Where we’ll be for the upcoming fortnight

  • Matt is getting married at the Jim Beam distillery on Saturday
  • Bridget will miss the bourbon wedding as she’s heading to Joe’s family reunion followed by GOTO Copenhagen.

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Upcoming conferences

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Open CFPs

Check Outs



  • Cloud Foundry Summit is going on in Frankfurt right now
  • honeycomb - explorable operations metrics from Charity Majors
  • MicroBadger - for docker image inspection Liz Rice & Anne Curry at Microscaling Systems



  • InSpec has shipped 1.0! You can check it out at InSpec is compliance as code – a human-readable language for automating the continuous testing and compliance auditing of your entire infrastructure. You can also use it to verify if your servers and applications are configured correctly.
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Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton (he/him)

Matty Stratton is the Director of Developer Relations at Aiven, a well-known member of the DevOps community, and a global organizer of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matty has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke.

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess

Trevor Hess is a Senior Product Manager at Progress Software working on Chef Software. He currently works on the Chef Application Delivery, Compliance and Infrastructure offerings.

Coming from a background in .NET Software Development and consulting, he has worked with several large multinational organizations to help kick start their journey to the cloud and the world of DevOps practices and principals. He is excited to engage in new experiences, and learning opportunities.

Trevor enjoys having hearty discussions about DevOps as well organizational change and transformation.

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Azure, focusing on the open source cloud native ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years on call for production (from enterprise to research to startups) and a couple of customer-facing adventures, she now herds cats and wrangles docs on the product side of engineering. In the wider tech community, she has done much conference speaking and organizing, and advises the global devopsdays organization after leading it for over five years. Living in Minneapolis, she enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling in the summer (with winter cycling as a stretch goal).