Chaos engineering is the discipline of experimenting on a distributed system in order to build confidence in the system’s capability to withstand turbulent conditions in production. Chaos engineering can be thought of as the facilitation of experiments to uncover systemic weaknesses. These experiments follow four steps:
Tammy Butow, Ana Medina, and Patrick Higgins lead a hands-on deep dive into chaos engineering, covering the tools and practices you need to implement it in your organization. Even if you’re already using chaos engineering, you’ll learn to identify new ways to use chaos engineering within your engineering organization and discover how other companies are using chaos engineering—and the positive results they have had using chaos to create reliable distributed systems.
Tammy Butow is a principal SRE at Gremlin, where she works on chaos engineering—the facilitation of controlled experiments to identify systemic weaknesses. Gremlin helps engineers build resilient systems using their control plane and API. Previously, Tammy led SRE teams at Dropbox responsible for the databases and storage systems used by over 500 million customers and was an IMOC (incident manager on call), where she was responsible for managing and resolving high-severity incidents across the company. She has also worked in infrastructure engineering, security engineering, and product engineering. Tammy is the cofounder of Girl Geek Academy, a global movement to teach one million women technical skills by 2025. Tammy is an Australian and enjoys riding bikes, skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing. She also loves mosh pits, crowd surfing, metal, and hardcore punk.
Ana Medina is a San Francisco-based software engineer at Gremlin, where she focuses on chaos engineering. Originally from a Nicaraguan family, Ana was born in Costa Rica and later moved to the United States, where her tech development took off in Miami. She started her coding career as a middle schooler doing freelance work, went on to land paid engineering internships throughout high school and college, and eventually dropped out to work full time in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was an engineer on the SRE and infrastructure teams at Uber, focusing on chaos engineering and cloud computing. Her achievements have been a result of her persistence in not taking no for an answer and always finding a solution. As a Latina, she is breaking the glass ceiling within Silicon Valley and using her voice to encourage women in Hispanic/Latinx communities to learn how to code.
Patrick Higgins is a UI engineer at Gremlin, where he helps developers unleash the power of controlled chaos. He is passionate about finding effective ways to make UIs resilient to failure. He fills his weekends with playing soccer and assisting with civic causes that he cares about.
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