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Matt Holford Author

Thanks, Tim! Another great practice we started last summer (also based on a suggestion from CJ Rayhill) was to keep a spreadsheet of every critical system and specify how it gets backed up, whether the backups are automatic, and how old the most recent backup is (especially if it's not yet automated).

Our DevOps lead reviews this weekly, and updates a cell on the spreadsheet with the timestamp of the latest review. This has helped expose and track our practices across very different systems.