Staying Alive: Patterns for Failure Management From the Bottom of the Ocean


This talk uses the framework of technical SCUBA and rebreather diving to talk about patterns for failure management and how they can be applied towards engineering. It examines the ways that complex systems fail and challenges our heroism-based model of success which ignores consistent, uneventful execution. It also looks into different approaches to risk management and why the typical model that we depend on is not safe. You will walk away with an understanding of how failure cascades occur and how to protect your system and your team from failure.

Language: English

Level: Beginner

Ronnie Chen

Data Engineer -- Slack

Ronnie Chen builds and scales the core data pipelines at Slack. She is a recovering physicist and was a Sous Chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant in a previous life. She is an avid deep sea technical diver and rock climber who enjoys writing Scala at her day job.

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