An Engineering Leader's Guide to OpenTelemetry

Tech Guide


Written by Daniel "Spoons" Spoonhower, Lightstep Co-Founder and CTO.


The best way for engineering leaders to drive teams toward consistent and scalable choices – ones that are good for the organization as a whole – is to provide a "paved road", a set of frameworks and tools that make it easy to do the right thing, while still allowing for some flexibility.

OpenTelemetry provides both components that can serve as part of that paved road as well as those that define standards to make sure that divergent choices don’t lead to fragmented decision-making processes.

In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • The importance of telemetry in applications
  • Why an open, and vendor-neutral approach is critical
  • Why OpenTelemetry is the best choice for organizations