about me

My name is Andrew Waters and I’m the Lead DevOps engineer at ub.io where we automate the web. At ubio I’m responsible for the reliability and scaling of the platform as well as vendor management and infrastructure and observability (monitoring, logging etc). At ubio, we’re relied on by household names such as Google, Trivago and Kayak.

I’m interested in IaC and CI/CD pipelines and the monitoring and scalability of large, distributed systems. I like making data driven decisions and am people and process focused.

Previously I worked as a Platform Engineer at moltin where I cut my teeth on a new microservices architecture - coding daily in Go, Node and PHP across 20+ services. I also had the opportunity to lead on big data pipelines (Python) for log analysis and their billing system.

about andon

Andon (japanese: アンドン) is a lean manufacturing mechanism for notifying management and colleagues about production problems.

Stemming from the car manufacturing industry, it aims to continually refine and improve quality thresholds as well as preventing factory line production issues where pile ups would otherwise occur and create more problems.

In it’s most extreme implementation, when an andon cord is pulled on a production line, the entire factory shuts down until the underlying issue has been resolved.

There is a some crossover from production lines to lean software manufacturing and the andon is particularly pertinent to my current role with regards to monitoring and identifying issues on large distributed systems.

That is how andon.dev was conceived.

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