A presentation at Austin DevOps - September Virtual Meetup in in Austin, TX, USA by Fen Aldrich
Everything is a little bit broken all of the time. Sometimes, like recently, as in right now, the core truths and assumptions about the universe seem to be shifted out from underneath us without warning. And yet, Netflix streams movies, GitHub serves code, we all keep going and working from home and surviving. These systems, both technical and social, are resilient. And through their resilience they are able to handle all those one-in-a-million occurrences that crop up nine-times-in-ten. But what does it mean to be resilient? And further, how can we recognize and grow this resilience to better deal with the systemic surprises we’re dealing with right now and in the future? What does a resilient team look like, and how do you foster that?
This talk will answer:
The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.
white paper from David D. Woods
Video from Dr. Cook at REdeploy 2019
Greater Than Code Podcast episode regarding resilience
The Worst Year Ever podcast episode specifically around community action in the absence of government resources. You should listen to a number of episodes on this one, though.
Background on Safety Differently and how empowering employees at the sharp end and removing beurocratic top-down policies improved safety overall.
Seriously every talk from this conference was on point one way or another. Some are more practical, some are more philosophical, all of them are about resilience and worth taking the time to watch and think about. Some more than once.
My blog post reflecting on the costs and alternatives to borrowing work time from your home time in this moment of crisis. Some shameless self promotion, but words I truly want to share and couldn’t fit in the talk.