Chaos Engineering and a Pandemic: How we ended up with The Chaos Community Broadcast

When stuck in the middle of a pandemic, we thought, “How can we help out?” We saw how overwhelmed and tired our communities were with all of the uncertainty and limitations of COVID19. To bring a little levity, and as a fun way to teach and learn about Chaos Engineering and its effects on large complex systems at scale, we concocted The Chaos Community Broadcast.

Our vision was to interview leaders in the Chaos Engineering field in a cross between the styles of Between Two Ferns and The Office as awkwardly as possible—we think we’ve succeeded. 

In this first season, we talked with Chaos Engineering: System Resiliency in Practice authors Nathan Aschbacher, Nora Jones, Russ Miles, John Allspaw, Crystal Hirschorn, Peter Alvaro, Olga Hall, Mikolaj Pawlikowski, Andy Fleener, and Christina Yakomin along with other friends and colleagues in the field such as Julie Gunderson and Liz Fong-Jones.

We highlighted a snippet from each of our first season guests in our recently released Chaos Community Broadcast Season 1 Review. There are some real classics in there from Nora Jones who talked about incident analysis as it relates to Chaos Engineering; to John Allspaw on humans inside the systems; Andy Fleener answers our questions on managing teams doing Chaos Engineering; as well as insights from our friends over at Honeycomb with Liz Fong-Jones. And that’s only naming a few. We’d love to have you watch it. 

The even better news is that season two is on the cusp of being released. Be the first to know when it comes out by subscribing to our YouTube channel; visiting the CCB blog, chaos.community; and following our snarky and somewhat informative Twitter account, @CCBTRANSMISSION. Hosts Casey Rosenthal and I are back at it this season with an incredible lineup of guests that give Casey a run for his money.

As always, we’d love to hear your comments and feedback. If there’s anything we can do to improve the show—or someone from the Chaos Engineering (or related) field that you would like to see in the hot seat—you can email us at greetings@verica.io, or respond to us on Twitter

Thanks for watching the show and getting weird with us. We hope that your chaos journey continues to blossom at your organizations and please let us know if we can be of any help as you go.


Head of Research

James Wickett

James spends a lot of time at the intersection of the DevOps and Security communities, and seeing the gap in software testing, James founded the open-source project, Gauntlt, to serve as a Rugged Testing Framework.
James works as the Head of Research at Verica and he is the author of several courses on DevOps and DevSecOps at LinkedIn Learning.