Pickup Your ToYS - Building a Culture of Comfort with Failure and Continual Improvement

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:45 am12:15 pm

David Worth, Strava

Abstract: 

This talk is a case study of Strava's introduction of lightweight chaos engineering experiments into a small engineering team to help exercise reliability patterns and expose unknown, or thought-handled, production-impacting contingencies. We will look at both the technical impetus and context into which experiments were introduced, as well as the cultural context and changes required in order to do so (culture of safety, a minimal impact on other engineering deliverables). Finally, we will analyze some real experiments, their immediate results, and ensuing changes.

David Worth, Strava

David Worth is an Engineering Manager and SRE for Strava. At Strava he has introduced lightweight Chaos Engineering in the form of weekly planned experiments in order to drive reliability of service for N Athletes worldwide. In his prior life, he has worked in observability, reliability, and backend engineering work for DigitalOcean.

BibTeX
@conference {229579,
author = {David Worth},
title = {Pickup Your ToYS - Building a Culture of Comfort with Failure and Continual Improvement},
year = {2019},
address = {Brooklyn, NY},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
}