Backstage Weekly 25 - View your org chart inside BackstageBy David Tuite • May 10th, 2021
KubeCon Europe has just wrapped and Backstage got a mention thanks to a great talk by Spotify engineer and search wizard Emma Indal.
Emma talked through how Spotify uses three core Backstage features - the scaffolder, techdocs and the service catalog - to unlock the potential of their engineering organizations collective knowledge.
If you registered for KubeCon but didn’t catch the talk you can check it out here. The slides and a transcript are available to everyone.
Simplicity tools vs. complexity embracing tools
Which category is Backstage in?
When we talk about "developer experience," we really need to separate dev tools into two categories: ones that simplify things away and ones that help developers engage with complexity. DX needs are different for simplification tools vs complexity-embracing tools!— ⚡️ Jean Yang ⚡️ (@jeanqasaur) May 4, 2021
Cost Insights on Redmonk
Spotify product manager Janisa Anandamohan and her colleague Tim Hansen met with Redmonk’s James Governor to explain the history and success of cloud cost management at Spotify.
After a year on the cloud, Spotify realised that cloud costs were growing more quickly than revenue and decided to get better control over spend. They employed both top down and bottom up approaches to right the ship and Backstage played a core role.
Janisa and Tim talked through how they used Backstage’s Cost Insights plugin to show engineering teams how costs relate to growth, to highlight when cost optimizations might be necessary, and to offer clear recommendations on how to reduce excessive spending.
Building high performing teams with observability
A high-performing team is one that gets to spend almost all of their time solving interesting problems that move the business forward. Not doing a lot of toil. Not working on things they have to do in order to get to the things they want to do.
Charity Majors explains how to get there.
Merged in the last two weeks
102 pull requests were merged in last 2 weeks.
High visibility changes are a little sparse right now because the catalog is undergoing a rewrite and search is under heavy development.
Kévin Gomez from VOI Technologies gave Backstage the ability to render your org chart in #5466. This works by traversing the Group entities in your catalog.
That’s all for this week folks. Good luck and get upgrading! 🚀