Chaos Engineering and Crash Tests

Before a car can be sold, it must be crash tested to assess its safety and resilience. Chaos engineering is a method for testing software in the same way. This talk explores the similarities between crash testing and chaos engineering and why the latter should be part of every engineer’s toolbox.

Chaos engineering refers to a practice that is common in many industries but still new to the software world: testing a product under degraded conditions to ensure that the impact of the condition is both known and contained. Using crash tests as a metaphor, this talk explores the definition and goals of chaos engineering and offers suggestions on how you can add some chaos to your own software development process.


Caroline Dickey

I work as a Site Reliability Engineer at Mailchimp based in Atlanta, where I build internal tooling, work with development teams to develop SLIs and SLOs, and lead the chaos engineering initiative ...