Better Software West 2018 Concurrent Session : Embracing Chaos, and Other Novel Learning Techniques


Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Embracing Chaos, and Other Novel Learning Techniques

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Companies like Netflix know that worrying about server uptime is a thing of the past. Servers will go down, and that's just the way it is. Chaos engineering is a way to ensure systems are quick to recover when things inevitably go wrong. Beyond resiliency, chaos engineering is a tool to discover other challenges with complex, dynamic systems of all sizes. Alongside chaos engineering is the idea of intuition engineering, a tool that asks for monitoring systems in a way that allows for people to be aware of the obvious so they can use their intuition to address the not so obvious, which is often complex. This session will provide a working understanding of the mechanics of chaos engineering and the way to introduce its practices to your teams. It will change the way you think about your problems and your solutions, helping you move from a planned approach to one where you observe the chaos and learn to tame it—at least a bit.

David Hussman
Dev Jam

David Hussman works at DevJam Studios, a creative production house in Minneapolis composed of producers, makers, and coaches working in small and large companies around the world. As mentors and practitioners, DevJammers focus on using agile methods to help people and companies improve their product learning through faster deliver cycles and responsive engineering. Along with coaching, David speaks and teaches at a wide variety of global conferences and companies. David has captured his experience and knowledge to create an engaging video learning series called “Cutting an Agile Groove,” filming in a series of live sessions and published by The Pragmatic Bookshelf. David has also contributed to several books as well as helping to create curriculum for The University of Minnesota and Capella University.