Anticipation: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A session at Velocity Europe 2011

Wednesday 9th November, 2011

10:35am to 11:05am (CET)

We’re all aware that failures happen in every system, and that being prepared to respond to them is paramount. But bringing resilience to your site and your organization also means developing your anticipation muscles; to explicitly work out what fears you may have about your system’s limits and failure modes, and understand what you’ll do when those unfortunate events happen.

This creative thinking about failure is what you use to guide your architecture, your development, your processes, your hiring, and hopefully: your business.

Putting in place contingency plans for when things might go wrong means first having an engineer’s imagination for those possible failures and surprising outcomes.

I’m going to talk about walking the fine line between immobilizing paranoia and a healthy but constant sense of unease in order to build your anticipation muscles.

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John Allspaw

CTO, Etsy. Dad. Author. Guitarist. Student of sociotechnical systems, human factors, and cognitive systems engineering. bio from Twitter

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Velocity Europe 2011

Germany Germany, Berlin

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  • The Art of Capacity Planning

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