Agile + DevOps East 2018 Concurrent Session : Creating Chaos: Engineering for the Unexpected

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Creating Chaos: Engineering for the Unexpected

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Every day we deal with complexity in our systems and multiple layers of dependencies. This complexity makes it difficult to predict when one service or dependency might go rogue for a specific circumstance during a delivery workflow. That's where chaos engineering comes in. Chaos engineering creates these "random" scenarios on purpose and builds resiliency into a system while increasing the velocity at which value is delivered to consumers. Shahzad Zafar will discuss his company's journey into chaos engineering, the principles behind it, how to plan for introducing chaos, and why a culture of DevOps is essential for it to succeed. Learn where chaos experiments should be run, how to use business metrics to evaluate results, the best way to permeate results to all of your teams, and how to scale chaos engineering across a larger organization. You'll take home valuable ideas about how to adopt a culture of chaos within your organization.


Shahzad Zafar

Shahzad Zafar is the Vice President of Engineering at Rx Savings Solutions. Before joining Rx Savings Solutions in 2018, he worked at Cerner for 13 years, where he led the Cloud Platform development business unit while being an agile coach as well.. Shahzad has a degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received his master's in business administration from the University of Kansas. Shahzad is also a board member for AgilehoodKC and speaks regularly at Meetups and conferences such as LeanAgileKC, KCPMI PDD, Agile Midwest St. Louis, and Kansas City Developers Conference. He also teaches classes around Information Technology in the University of Kansas Business School's Graduate program.