Brent Chapman is an expert at emergency management and at helping organizations prepare for and learn from emergencies, working from a strong background in IT infrastructure and site reliability engineering (SRE).
As a leader in Google’s legendary SRE organization, Brent convinced senior management of the need to strengthen and standardize the company’s incident management practices, and created the Incident Management at Google (IMAG) system that is now used throughout the company. He also helped refine the Postmortems at Google (PMAG) system that the company uses to learn from incidents large and small.
Brent brings a unique perspective to his work in IT, as a former air search and rescue pilot and incident commander, an emergency dispatcher and dispatch supervisor for major art & music festivals and events, and a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and instructor.
Throughout his career, Brent has designed, built, managed, and scaled IT infrastructure and teams for everything from embryonic startups to giants such as Google, Apple, and Netflix. He is the coauthor of the highly regarded O’Reilly book Building Internet Firewalls, and the developer of widely used open source software, and a popular speaker at conferences worldwide. He has worked with dozens of organizations both in Silicon Valley and around the world, as well as with a variety of non-profit and government entities.