I recently convinced a teammate of mine to give an internal talk on the topic of saying no as an SRE. Both the talk and my teammate were just as fantastic as I expected. As an SRE (and manager) I think knowing how to say no productively is a hugely important yet under-discussed part of our job. So in that light, I thought I’d share some thoughts on how and when to say no.
A common question I get, since becoming a manager, is about my management philosophy.