Hi! 👋

My name is Bartek (full name is Bartłomiej). I originate from Poland, precisely from the city called Gdańsk, but nowadays, I live and work in London, UK.

I am a curious and (bit too) ambitious human who happened to dive very deeply into software engineering waters. My first dev job started in 2012, and since then, I have enjoyed delivering challenging projects, together with many awesome people I met on the way.

My main focus was always building and running software in web/backend/distributed systems/infrastructure areas. Even though I have ongoing experience as a global-scale SRE, I love development the most: I love building pragmatic, innovative, scalable, high-quality solutions.

I worked at Improbable, a fantastic gaming UK startup with a global Kubernetes infrastructure using and developing impressive and unique systems. In late 2017, we created Thanos project with Fabian Reinartz, which gained popularity as a default choice for scaling Prometheus. That started my shift to work entirely on open source around the Prometheus ecosystem, becoming a Prometheus maintainer and working as Principal Engineer at Red Hat. 🚀

In 2022 I published my Efficient Go which spawned out of the need to teach others the pragmatic efficiency skills I learned in my career. I hope this will trigger even better quality (and cheaper to run) Go projects in the future! (:

I love innovating, mentoring, teaching, speaking at conferences and working with communities, especially around Observability. That’s why at some point, we created the CNCF Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Observability, where I am performing a technical leadership role.

I also try to mentor others a few times a year and motivate others to mentor in the CNCF programs. So if you would like to be a mentor and help to grow the next generation of open source engineers, let me know! I am incredibly grateful to those who helped me to be where I am. Thus IMO, we all need to give back sometimes.

The rest of my time is reserved for my beloved wife & family, gym, ~volleyball~ (ACL+MCL injury) and sometimes not-eco-friendly cars (:


I am always looking forward to hearing feedback! (:

Especially if you feel angry with what I say or do, I would love to hear that. This way, we all learn! Reach me through any channels listed on main page.


Let’s just reuse stuff, shall we? (: My is CV is available on Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/bwplotka/

Open Source

I love innovation in SWE space. This is why you see me creating, but also maintaining various projects. Some of them I created or co-created, some of them I joined afterwards. Not exhausting lists are provided below.

More popular ones: Thanos, Prometheus, core, Demo Navigator, prometheus/client_golang, e2e, go-grpc-middleware, bingo, mdox, mimic, jiralert

Other: my, oidc, go-jwt, go-tokenauth, kEdge, grpc-proxy, go-k8sresolver, promeval

Public Talks

Some talks I performed (or co-performed 🤗)

Running the Observability As a Service For Your Teams With ThanosKubeCon NA 2022Detroit, US10.2022
Clouds are Not Free: Guide to Observability-Driven Efficiency OptimizationsP99 ConfVirtual10.2022
Clouds are Not Free: Guide to Observability-Driven Efficiency OptimizationsSphere.it Conf 2022Kraków, PL09.2022
Story of Correlation: Integrating Thanos Metrics with Observability SignalsKubeCon EU 2022Valencia, Spain04.2022video
Fleeting Metrics: Monitoring Short-lived or Serverless Jobs with PrometheusKubeCon EU 2022Valencia, Spain04.2022video
What Is the CNCF TAG Observability and How You Can Join Our Effort!KubeCon EU 2022Valencia, Spain04.2022video
Optimizing Go for CloudsGopherConUK 2021London, UK10.2021video
Evolution of Metric Monitoring and Alerting: Upgrade Your Prometheus TodayKubeConNA 2020Virtual11.2020video
Observing Cloud Native Observables with the New SIG ObservabilityKubeConNA 2020Virtual11.2020slides, video
Absorbing Thanos Infinite Powers for Multi-Custer TelemetryKubeConNA 2020Virtual11.2020slides, video
Prometheus: Shaping Metric Monitoring in 2020KubeConEU 2020Virtual08.2020slides, video
Sharing is Caring: Leveraging Open Source to Improve Cortex & ThanosPromConNA 2020Virtual07.2020video
Optimizing Go for Clouds: Practical IntroLondonGophers MeetupVirtual06.2020video
Are You Testing Your Observability? Patterns for Instrumenting Your ServicesFOSDEM 2020Brussels, Belgium02.2020
Thanos: Prometheus at Scale!DevConf.cz 2020Brno, CZ01.2020slides, video
Are You Testing Your Observability? Patterns for Instrumenting Your Go ServicesGoDays Berlin 2020Berlin, DE01.2020video
Thanos Deep Dive: Inside a Distributed Monitoring SystemKubeCon EU 2019San Diego, USA11.2019slides, video
Two Households, Both Alike in Dignity: Cortex and ThanosPromCon EU 2019Munich, DE11.2019slides, video
Thanos - Transforming Prometheus Monitoring to a Global Scale in Seven Simple StepsCloudNative PLWarsaw,PL09.2019slides, video
Thanos - Transforming Prometheus to a Global Scale in Seven Simple StepsGrafanaCon2019LA, USA02.2019demo materials
Thanos - Transforming Prometheus to a Global Scale in Seven Simple StepsFOSDEMBrussels, Belgium02.2019demo materials
Brief Intro to PrometheusPrometheus MeetupLondon, UK11.2018slides
Thanos - High Availability and Long Term Storage for Prometheus MetricsOSSummitEdinburgh, Scotland10.2018slides, video
Thanos - Prometheus at ScaleCloudNativeLondon, UK09.2018slides
Thanos - Prometheus at ScalePromCon 2018Munich, Germany08.2018slides, video
Thanos - Prometheus at ScalePrometheus Meetup 2018London, UK01.2018slides, video