New book: Learning Chaos Engineering

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New book: Learning Chaos Engineering

O'Reilly has released Learning Chaos Engineering, a new book by Russ Miles, ChaosIQ's CEO.

Cover of the book Learning Chaos Engineering by Russ Miles

Here is what they had to say about the book:

Most companies work hard to avoid costly failures, but in complex systems a better approach is to embrace and learn from them. Through chaos engineering, you can proactively hunt for evidence of system weaknesses before they trigger a crisis. This practical book shows software developers and system administrators how to plan and run successful chaos engineering experiments.

System weaknesses go beyond your infrastructure, platforms, and applications to include policies, practices, playbooks, and people. Author Russ Miles explains why, when, and how to test systems, processes, and team responses using simulated failures on Game Days. You’ll also learn how to work toward continuous chaos through automation with features you can share across your team and organization.

  • Learn to think like a chaos engineer
  • Build a hypothesis backlog to determine what could go wrong in your system
  • Develop your hypotheses into chaos engineering experiment Game Days
  • Write, run, and learn from automated chaos experiments using the open source Chaos Toolkit
  • Turn chaos experiments into tests to confirm that you’ve overcome the weaknesses you discovered
  • Observe and control your automated chaos experiments while they are running

And here is what others had to say:

Russ Miles explains the theory and practice of chaos engineering in an easy-to-follow tutorial using the Chaos Toolkit. This is a great resource for anyone looking to get started with chaos engineering.

—Aaron Blohowiak, Engineering Manager at Netflix and coauthor of O'Reilly's Chaos Engineering report

Exploring systemic weakness in distributed systems is a critical practice for any organization running a cloud-native, microservice-style architecture. This book is a comprehensive and practical guide helping you successfully socialize, implement, and adopt chaos engineering practices. I highly recommend it.

—Christian Posta, Field CTO,

For anyone who runs production systems, this is a great practical primer on how to get started with using chaos engineering in service of greater confidence in the increasingly complex systems we're building today. You'll learn all the processes and tools you'll need to hit the ground running, even if you've never participated in a Game Day before.

—Denise Yu, Senior Software Engineer, Pivotal

Learning Chaos Engineering is available from O'Reilly and your local book store.