Alan Ridlehoover

Alan Ridlehoover

Sr. Engineering Manager @ Cisco Meraki

San Francisco, California, United States


Passionate software engineer. (I ❤️ Ruby!)
Empathetic leader (@ Cisco Meraki).
Fallible human.
Storyteller. International speaker.
Environmentalist. Feminist. Ally.
Swell photographer. Rusty drummer.
Loving twins dad and husband.
Owner of too many hats, given I only have one head.

Area of Expertise

  • Business & Management
  • Information & Communications Technology


  • ruby
  • rails
  • ruby on rails
  • Code Quality
  • Code Coverage
  • Code Complexity
  • Leadership
  • Empathy
  • passion
  • fearlessness
  • Psychological safety
  • Emotional Intelligence

The Secret Ingredient: How To Understand and Resolve Just About Any Flaky Test

Flaky tests are an inscrutable bane. Hard to understand. Annoying. And, so frustrating! My personal nemesis is Daylight Saving Time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tripped over it. Let’s just say I was well into the “shame on me” part of that relationship, until I discovered the secret ingredient that nearly all flaky tests have in common. Turns out they only seem inscrutable. It really is possible to understand and resolve just about any flaky test.

Video: To be posted when available
Deck: https://speakerdeck.com/aridlehoover/the-secret-ingredient-how-to-understand-and-resolve-just-about-any-flaky-test

A Brewer's Guide to Filtering out Complexity and Churn

Mechanical coffee machines are amazing! You drop in a coin, listen for the clink, make a selection, and the machine springs to life, hissing, clicking, and whirring. Then the complex mechanical ballet ends, splashing that glorious, aromatic liquid into the cup. Ah! C’est magnifique! There’s just one problem. Our customers also want soup! And, our machine is not extensible. So, we have a choice: we can add to the complexity of our machine by jamming in a new dispenser with each new request; or, we can pause to make our machine more extensible before development slows to a halt.

Video: https://youtu.be/jE1Wp7-wnSM
Deck: https://speakerdeck.com/aridlehoover/a-brewers-guide-to-filtering-out-complexity-and-churn-railsconf-2023-edition

RailsConf 2024

A Gardener's Reward (lightning talk)

May 2024 Detroit, Michigan, United States

Tropical.rb 2024

A Brewer's Guide to Filtering Out Complexity and Churn

April 2024 São Paulo, Brazil

RubyConf 2023 Sessionize Event

November 2023

RailsConf 2023 Sessionize Event

April 2023 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

RubyConf Mini (2022)

A Brewer's Guide to Filtering Out Complexity and Churn

November 2022 Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Alan Ridlehoover

Sr. Engineering Manager @ Cisco Meraki

San Francisco, California, United States


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