I love movies. There is just something about them that can teach us a lot about life. One of my favorites is Groundhog Day. The construct of this movie is that the main character Phil, played by Bill Murray, is trapped having to live the same day over and over again. This is what it can be like for IT when it comes to managing application performance. When a problem is detected in production, a “groundhog day” process is put into action to try and address that issue. Once the problem is addressed everyone resets and waits for the next problem to occur. In order to escape “Groundhog Day” there are some key practices that you can implement to build a team and transition the management of your applications’ performance from firefighting to truly being proactive.