Complexity: The Crucial Ingredient in Your Kitchen

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 9:30 am10:00 am

Casey Rosenthal,


Software engineering is basically rocket science, so it comes as no surprise that we can learn a lot from that industry. For example, the Challenger explosion in 1986 is a fascinating subject for study. The details of the incident are well documented from a variety of angles (engineering, political, sociotechnical, ethnographical, etc) providing a rich dataset. Highlighting a few examples from this, we can empathize with the architecture considerations and organizational issues that engineers faced at NASA during that time. There are strong, informative parallels between the events that led up to that tragic incident and how software engineers think about reliability today. As Churchill allegedly quipped, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

Casey Rosenthal,

CEO/Founder of Previously an engineering manager for the Traffic Engineering Team and the Chaos Engineering Team at Netflix. As an executive manager and senior architect, Casey has managed teams to tackle Big Data, architect solutions to difficult problems, and train others to do the same. He finds opportunities to leverage his experience with distributed systems, artificial intelligence, translating novel algorithms and academia into working models, and selling a vision of the possible to clients and colleagues alike. For fun, Casey models human behavior using personality profiles in Ruby, Erlang, Elixir, Prolog, Scala, and other languages. He speaks frequently on the topics of Chaos Engineering and Complexity.

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@conference {229551,
author = {Casey Rosenthal},
title = {Complexity: The Crucial Ingredient in Your Kitchen},
year = {2019},
address = {Brooklyn, NY},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar,

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