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How, Not Why: An Alternative to the Five Whys for Post-mortem Analysis

Complex systems are interconnected. When an incident occurs, it isn’t triggered by one single event, but rather a series of events leading up to that one failure. Yet teams employ root cause analysis (RCA) as the primary means to identify one ultimate, sufficient cause.

Robert Blumen, Lead DevOps Engineer at Salesforce, discusses the idea that it’s not the single root cause, but rather the series of events that should be more closely examined. He reviews why humans are cognitively drawn to RCA, research and examples on event analysis, and argues that it’s the “how” — not the “why” — we should explore when systems fail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify issues without Root Cause Analysis
  • Discover “how” to explore systems when they fail

On-Demand Webinar

How, Not Why: An Alternative to the Five Whys for Post-mortem Analysis

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Complex systems are interconnected. When an incident occurs, it isn’t triggered by one single event, but rather a series of events leading up to that one failure. Yet teams employ root cause analysis (RCA) as the primary means to identify one ultimate, sufficient cause.

Robert Blumen, Lead DevOps Engineer at Salesforce, discusses the idea that it’s not the single root cause, but rather the series of events that should be more closely examined. He reviews why humans are cognitively drawn to RCA, research and examples on event analysis, and argues that it’s the “how” — not the “why” — we should explore when systems fail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify issues without Root Cause Analysis
  • Discover “how” to explore systems when they fail

Meet our speakers:

Robert Blumen

Robert Blumen

Lead DevOps Engineer

Salesforce