Y2K and Other Disappointing Disasters: Risk Reduction and Harm Mitigation

Wednesday, 2018, August 29 - 14:5015:30

Heidi Waterhouse, LaunchDarkly

Abstract: 

Every disaster is a concatenation of smaller failures. How can we design software and processes to accept that we live in an imperfect world? Explore the concepts of resiliency, harm reduction, over-engineering, and planning for failure with real examples.

Risk Reduction is trying to make sure bad things happen as rarely as possible. It's anti-lock brakes and vaccinations and irons that turn off by themselves and all sorts of things that we think of as safety modifications in our life. We are trying to build lives where bad things happen less often.

Harm Mitigation is what we do so that when bad things do happen, they are less catastrophic. Building fire sprinklers and seatbelts and needle exchanges are all about making the consequences of something bad less terrible.

This talk is focused on understanding where we can prevent problems and where we can just make them less bad, and what kinds of tools we can use to make every disaster a disappointing fizzle.

Heidi Waterhouse, LaunchDarkly

Heidi is a developer advocate with LaunchDarkly. She delights in working at the intersection of usability, risk reduction, and cutting-edge technology. One of her favorite hobbies is talking to developers about things they already knew but had never thought of that way before. She sews all her conference dresses so that she's sure there is a pocket for the mic.

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BibTeX
@conference {219192,
author = {Heidi Waterhouse},
title = {Y2K and Other Disappointing Disasters: Risk Reduction and Harm Mitigation},
year = {2018},
address = {Dusseldorf},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
}