Percona Live 2017 Open Source Database Conference

April 24 - 27, 2017

Santa Clara, California

Reducing Human Error while Failing Forward Fast

Reducing Human Error while Failing Forward Fast

 25 April - 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM @ Ballroom A
Experience level: 
25 minutes conference
Business / Case Studies
Tools and Techniques


Clients are implementing changes at a fast rate, putting extra demand on us, the humans behind the task. How do we reduce human errors, while keeping up with the demand and still provide value? Would you get into a plane if the pilot didn’t check the aircraft? Ever had surgery? How do you know the surgeon didn’t leave a sponge behind? Checklists! While not glamorous or fancy, Human Reliability checklists will reduce human errors when DBA’s are working in high stress environments, and even when they are doing routine changes. After all, what is ever really routine when you are a DBA?


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Amanda MacDonald

Team Manager, Pythian


Professional leader with over 17 years’ experience in the Information Technology Industry, a respected professional known for developing highly motivated teams with a strong focus on delivering service excellence, that contribute to revenue growth while at the same time creating a collaborative and enjoyable environment for all to learn and develop.

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Martin Arrieta

Lead Database Consultant, Pythian


Martin worked as a developer, system administrator and DBA in local companies for more than 10 years. After that, he worked in Support and Consulting teams at Percona and he joined Pythian in August 2015. He currently live in Montevideo with his wife and his 2 sons.

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