The Python Podcast.__init__

The Python Podcast.__init__

The podcast about Python and the people who make it great

14 August 2022

Remove Roadblocks And Let Your Developers Ship Faster With Self-Serve Infrastructure - E374

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The goal of every software team is to get their code into production without breaking anything. This requires establishing a repeatable process that doesn’t introduce unnecessary roadblocks and friction. In this episode Ronak Rahman discusses the challenges that development teams encounter when trying to build and maintain velocity in their work, the role that access to infrastructure plays in that process, and how to build automation and guardrails for everyone to take part in the delivery process.


  • Hello and welcome to Podcast.__init__, the podcast about Python’s role in data and science.
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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Ronak Rahman about how automating the path to production helps to build and maintain development velocity


  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you describe what Quali is and the story behind it?
  • What are the problems that you are trying to solve for software teams?
    • How does Quali help to address those challenges?
  • What are the bad habits that engineers fall into when they experience friction with getting their code into test and production environments?
    • How do those habits contribute to negative feedback loops?
  • What are signs that developers and managers need to watch for that signal the need for investment in developer experience improvements on the path to production?
  • Can you describe what you have built at Quali and how it is implemented?
    • How have the design and goals shifted/evolved from when you first started working on it?
  • What are the positive and negative impacts that you have seen from the evolving set of options for application deployments? (e.g. K8s, containers, VMs, PaaS, FaaS, etc.)
  • Can you describe how Quali fits into the workflow of software teams?
  • Once a team has established patterns for deploying their software, what are some of the disruptions to their flow that they should guard against?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Quali used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Quali?
  • When is Quali the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Quali?

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Closing Announcements

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The intro and outro music is from Requiem for a Fish The Freak Fandango Orchestra / CC BY-SA

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