How we broke the Guardian website.. And what we learned

Gareth Trufitt, The Guardian

Moving fast shouldn’t mean breaking things, but Facebook’s old mantra often reflects the realities of a rapidly evolving codebase and infrastructure. The Guardian’s development culture is designed to allow us to move quickly, deploy a dozen times a day and get statistically-significant A/B test results within hours.

Sometimes, though, that leads to the odd slip up.

In this talk I’ll lay bare just a few of the mistakes we made and more importantly, the lessons learned and remediation we took to avoid the problems in the future.

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Objective of the talk

  • Tools and techniques for stable, resilient systems, tools and teams
  • Understand why an honest, no-blame culture is important
  • Make people understand that there it is ok to fail

You can view Gareth’s slides below:

Gareth Trufitt CLL18-How-we-broke-the-guardian

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Location: Date: May 17, 2018 Time: 4:40 pm - 5:25 pm Gareth Trufitt, The Guardian Gareth Trufitt, The Guardian