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Mastering Outages full-day class scheduled

I'm excited to share that I just signed the venue contract for a full-day "Mastering Outages" public class on incident management, for here in the SF Bay Area on Friday 18 May 2018. I'll be posting full details shortly, as I get everything else set up, but you should...

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Why does incident management matter?

Effective incident management matters because it both reduces downtime for your service, and reduces the impact of dealing with that downtime on your staff. That obviously impacts users, but outages also have a huge impact on your staff, and particularly on the ongoing work of the organization. If you’re not careful, they can lead to a toxic cycle. […]

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Everybody wants to be a hero

Everybody wants to be a hero when there’s an outage or similar service problem, swooping in to save the day with their knowledge, skill, and wisdom, and then reaping their reward of praise and adulation from management and peers. However, if heroics are what you reward, then you’ll get more heroics, and that’s not good for your team or your service. Instead, you should prepare to respond *without* heroics, by using good incident management practices, and reward folks for avoiding the need for heroics. […]

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Routine Emergencies

“Routine emergency” might seem like an oxymoron, but it’s a good description of effective incident management. Dealing with an emergency doesn’t have to be a crisis; with good incident management practices, it can be routine. […]

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