Dinah McNutt, TweetRelease Engineer at Google
Biography: Dinah McNutt
Release engineering is a relatively new discipline when compared to the companion careers of software developer, test engineer and system administrator. Most companies do release engineering as an afterthought and many release engineers wear multiple hats. Companies that recognize the need for dedicated release engineers often find it difficult to hire qualified candidates. I will describe the role of an effective release engineer in the software release process (including what can happen if you don't have a release engineer) and define the skill set needed to be a release engineer.
I believe there are parallels between what is happening with release engineering today and what we saw in the field of systems administration 20 years ago. I will talk about why I think history is repeating itself and make some predictions about the future.