Season 2 Teaser: The one at GOTOpia


In this episode, a few of our speakers from GOTOpia 2021 joined us live for a conversation about Chaos Engineering and the benefits, the oddities, and how to undermine the practice.

Keywords and phrases

live broadcast, fear of outages, transformation, confidence, transparency, think with failure in mind, emergent book deals, melting ice cream, unexpected dependencies, fire the engineers, dunce caps, leadership buy-in, discover problems during working hours, the unfortunate success of Chaos Engineering, thought-leading, flight from London, cloudy, steep curve, make Chaos Engineering boring, automate it all, simplifying to make a system more reliable, bias, fallacies, the complexity will come out, accidental complexity, essential complexity, dirt on the floor, sustainable software engineering, over-engineering, hypothesis

Crystal Hirschorn

Crystal Hirschorn is Director of Engineering at Snyk, and was previously at Condé Nast and the BBC where she led teams dealing with resilience engineering and online technical strategy, including BBC News elections events, including the last general election, which served more than 65 million requests in a 24-hour period, with traffic peak at 3.2 million concurrent requests.

Mikolaj Pawlikowski

Mikolaj Pawlikowski has been practicing chaos engineering for four years, beginning with a large distributed Kubernetes-based microservices platform at Bloomberg. He is the creator of the Kubernetes Chaos Engineering tool PowerfulSeal, and the networking visibility tool Goldpinger. He is an active member of the Chaos Engineering community and speaks at numerous conferences.

Adrian Hornsby

Adrian is a Principal in the EC2 Core team at Amazon Web Services and is based in the Nordics. He has almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having worked as a software and systems engineer; a backend, web, and mobile developer; and part of DevOps teams where his focus has been on cloud infrastructure and site reliability, writing application software, deploying servers, and managing large-scale architectures. The truth is that Adrian loves breaking stuff—controlled chaos is his thing. Adrian frequently speaks at conferences and community meetups and blogs at

People in this episode: