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Keynote Summary of Surge Conference

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Where can the very young industry of Web Ops learn from? Keynote - John Allspaw from Surge Conference.

Interesting  which arent about the web but relate to Systems Enge

  • Complex Systems Fail in Funny Ways - Accidents, Living with High-Risk Technologies

  • An Engineers view of Human Error - Human Error comes in different flavors

  • RAD Lab

Why do systems engineers have it easy?

  • No one dies when the site goes down

  • If we make a mistake we can recover quickly

  • Future is bright

John concludes in these calls to actions:

  • Look around!  NASA, go to non web conferences that relate, for example, systems safety

  • Engage Academia

  • It’s time for our field to get more sophisticated