The Paradox of Breaking Things
Paradoxically, the best way to ensure that your systems won’t break is by deliberately breaking them. Lucky for us, breakage is inevitable. All we have to do is to accept outages for what they are: Opportunities to learn. A gift from fate that helps improve the quality of our system in a very real and measurable way. In this talk, Kees Jan shares some of his experience and enthusiasm for production incidents, high risk migrations and systems outages. He gently guides you through the though process that enables you to accept breakage, via assuming breakage and doing your first breaking tests all the way to where you break production systems with confidence, all the while improving the quality of your systems. The audience leaves the room with concrete actions to take to implement blame-free post-mortems, concise monitoring and ultimately inventing creative ways to break their own systems.