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Presentation: Amplifying Sources of Resilience: What Research Says

Track: Architecting for Failure: Chaos, Complexity, and Resilience

Location: Windsor, 5th flr.

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Day of week: Wednesday

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Abstract

Building robust software systems means anticipating how failures may occur with components and subsystems and developing answers to the question:   

“What is needed for the design of systems that prevents or limits catastrophic failure?”   Investing in, developing, and sustaining the adaptive capacity to cope with unexpected situations is at the core of Resilience Engineering. In the software community, this means developing (continually!) ever-better answers to the question:   

“When our preventative designs fail us, what are ways that teams of engineers successfully anticipate, resolve, and learn from those catastrophes?”

  

The Resilience Engineering community has been studying how people in high-consequence/high-tempo domains answer this latter question. Applying Resilience Engineering thinking and paradigms to the world of software engineering and operations is still in its infancy, but we have some promising routes for making progress. This talk will outline productive avenues to locate, amplify, support, and build this capacity that exists (sometimes invisibly) in the expertise of your organization. Spoiler: looking closely at the origins, handling, and perception of incidents is part of this story.

Speaker: John Allspaw

DevOps/Resilience Engineering Thought Leader, Previously CTO @Etsy & Co-founder of @AdaptiveCLabs

John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for over twenty years in many different environments. John’s publications include the books The Art of Capacity Planning (2009) and Web Operations (2010) as well as the forward to “The DevOps Handbook.”  His 2009 Velocity talk with Paul Hammond, “10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation” helped start the DevOps movement.

John served as CTO at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.

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