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Wednesday, October 14 • 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Findings From The Field: Two Years of Studying Incidents Closely (Adaptive Capacity Labs)

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In the past two years, we have had the opportunity to observe and explore the real nitty-gritty of how organizations handle, perceive, value, and treat the incidents that they experience. While the size, type, and character of these companies vary wildly, we have observed some common patterns across them.
This talk will outline these patterns we've discovered and explored, some of which run counter to traditional beliefs in the industry, some of which pose dilemmas for businesses, and others that point to undiscovered competitive advantages that are being "left on the table."
These patterns include:
  • A mismatch between leadership’s views on incidents and the lived experience that engineers have with them.
  • Learning from incidents is given low organizational priority, and the quality and depth of the results reflect this.
  • “Fixing” rather than “learning” - the main focus of post-incident activity is repair.
  • Engineers learn from incidents in unconventional ways that are largely hidden from management (and therefore unsupported).

Speakers
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John Allspaw

Principal/Founder, Adaptive Capacity Labs
John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for over 20 years in many different environments. John’s publications include the books The Art of Capacity Planning (2009) and Web Operations (2010) as well as the forward to The DevOps Handbook. His 2009 Velocity... Read More →


Wednesday October 14, 2020 4:45pm - 5:15pm PDT
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