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These are the slides from my talk at the Surge Conference in 2010, in Baltimore: http://omniti.com/surge/2010/speakers/john-allspaw

These are the slides from my talk at the Surge Conference in 2010, in Baltimore: http://omniti.com/surge/2010/speakers/john-allspaw

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Go or No-Go: Operability and Contingency Planning at Etsy.com Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Go or No-Go Operability and Contingency Planning John Allspaw, Etsy.com
  • 2. Etsy as of now Total Members: over 5.7 million Total Sellers: over 400,000 Items Currently Listed: 6.5 million Page Views per month: 775 million Total $ sold (gross merchandise sales) 2010 = $179.4 million (through August)
  • 3. New Features
  • 4. Delivering OperableGoSoftware Arch Review Development/Ops or No-Go Launch* Feedback Loop
  • 5. CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENT != deploying new features without coordination and planning
  • 6. Operability Review Contingency Checklist
  • 7. Not An Innovative Idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launch_status_check
  • 8. 10 minute get-together • Product • Development • Operations • Design • Community • Support
  • 9. Consensus
  • 10. Informally Codifies “OK” Dev “We all understand/agree/ Ops accept that we are OK here!” Product Community Support Buggy Stable Perfect! Sloppy Finished Enough For Launch Unfinished
  • 11. Yes or No
  • 12. Has the feature been tested enough to deploy to production? Is there any final functional QA still needed?
  • 13. Is communication (blog post/forums/etc) about the feature ready to go out with the feature?
  • 14. Does everyone know: when it will go live, and who will push the feature?
  • 15. Has the feature been in production for staff (or some other specific subset of the users) already? If not, could it have been?
  • 16. Is it possible to dark launch this feature? Will this feature be dark launched? (or, has it already?)
  • 17. Is it possible to turn up this feature on a percentage basis? If so: will we?
  • 18. Does it involve any new infrastructure? If so: are those pieces in monitoring and metrics collection? (this answer can’t be “no” before launch)
  • 19. Do we have on/off switches for this feature? If so: are those switches documented? (this answer can’t be “no” before launch)
  • 20. Are all the leads (Dev, Ops, Product, Community, Support, etc.) available for the launch and in communication? (this answer can’t be “no” before launch)
  • 21. Is there a single and easy place for users to report bugs or concerns about the feature? (forum topic, etc.)
  • 22. Have all leads agreed upon a post-launch “it’s all DONE” time to declare the launch was successful?
  • 23. Have we done a Contingency Checklist™ and everyone reviewed it? (this answer can’t be “no” before launch)
  • 24. Contingency Checklist
  • 25. “What could possibly go wrong?” “When it does go wrong, WTF will we do?!”
  • 26. NOTE: This is worked outBEFORE launch, normally by product and development, involving others where needed. (when we have saner heads)
  • 27. Issue Onsite Messaging Likelihood Forums Comment(s) Blog Impact on Users PR Engineering Response
  • 28. Comment Impact on Engineering Onsite Issue Likelihood Forums Blog PR (s) Users Response Messaging
  • 29. Example: Coffee! AWESOME NEW FEATURE • add coffee (like a tag) to your profile • others can favorite coffees • page showing all coffee favorites • bulk-add coffees to your profile • search people by their coffee
  • 30. Issue What could possibly go wrong with the feature launched in production? Example: “The Coffees-You’ve-Favorited page is too expensive.”
  • 31. Likelihood How likely is this issue going to come up? Example: “Low to mid.”
  • 32. Comment(s) Any extra info about this issue here. Example: “Because of how we paginate coffee favorites page, they are somewhat harder than normal favorites. If we do have to turn this off, we’re saying that we need to re-design it, or it needs to stay off until the initial burst of traffic from the launch.”
  • 33. Impact How much is this going to impact the experience of the feature, if it does become a concern? Example: “High”
  • 34. Engineering Response What will we do to mitigate the issue (i.e. can we gracefully degrade?) Example: “Set disable_coffee_favorites_page = 1”
  • 35. Onsite Messaging What is the messaging to the community in the forums/blog/etc., if this needs graceful degradation? Example: “‘The Coffee Favorites page is currently unavailable.’ Or, in the forums: “We’re working through some issues with displaying Coffee Favorites, we’ll let you know the status as time goes on.’”
  • 36. PR Is the issue so severe that we need PR involved? Example: “The CEO sends a press release, apologizing to Folger’s, Peet’s, and Starbucks with a witty yet calming voice of explanation and a humble request for patience.”
  • 37. * afterwards....
  • 38. *successful launch... Metrics? Are we there yet? OMG! Who to call if it breaks later?
  • 39. * non-successful launch... Metrics? What’d we miss? Post Mortem? Ramp down?
  • 40. Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/jliba/3783269078/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mybloodyself/2072928376/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacy/360020853/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/f-l-e-x/2319852529/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/16230215@N08/3023061528/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/proimos/4199675334/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/askal_bosch/2579320395/