Crayon Drawing Is a Vital Engineering Skill

Tuesday, 25 October, 2022 - 14:0014:20 CEST

Murali Suriar, Snowflake


Complex systems are difficult to understand, and such understanding, once obtained, is difficult to communicate to others. Both of these increase the difficulty of learning about the system, and increase the time it takes for new team members to feel comfortable proposing and making changes to such systems.

System overview diagrams are one tool which can be very helpful in mitigating these challenges. This talk will walk through system overview diagrams from different problem domains, and discuss the benefits such diagrams can yield.

Murali Suriar, Snowflake

Murali Suriar is a lapsed computer science graduate, turned network engineer, turned SRE. Working on traffic management at Snowflake after 12 years at Google. Currently learning what "the cloud is just someone else's computer" means.

@conference {284590,
author = {Murali Suriar},
title = {Crayon Drawing Is a Vital Engineering Skill},
year = {2022},
address = {Amsterdam},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct,

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