The New Normal

The New Normal, a series by Michael Nygard.

I encountered one of the more recent posts in this series and when looking for its beginning: The New Normal: Failure is a Good Thing.

From that starting post:

Everything breaks. It’s just a question of when and how badly.

What we need is a new approach where “continuous partial failure” is the normal state of affairs. Continuous partial failure opens the doors to making big changes happen because you’re already good at executing the small stuff.

In subsequent posts, I’ll talk about moving from the mentality of preventing problems to actually promoting them. I’ll look at the aging models for achieving resiliency and introduce microservices as an extension of the concept of antifragility into the design of IT infrastructure, applications, and organizations.

Along the way, I’ll share some stories about Netflix and their classic Chaos Monkey, how Amazon is becoming an increasingly terrifying competitor, the significance of maneuverability and the art of war, the unforeseen consequences of outsourcing and how Cognitect’s simple and sharp tools play a pivotal role in shaping the new IT blueprint.

Does anyone seriously doubt the the proposition: Everything breaks?

From a security perspective, I would not argue with Everything’s broken.

I’m starting at the beginning and working my way forward in this series. It promises to be seriously rewarding.


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