Stop Writing Great Runbooks

February 12, 2022


Strong opinions but valuable insight.

The problem is that runbooks are documented failure: failure to fix things properly, failure to automate solutions, failure to prioritize. Furthermore, runbooks are often praised for being clear and easy to use. In reality, the clearer and easier a runbook is to execute, the more unforgivable it is that you haven’t automated the solution.

The Catch-22 Of Runbooks is Any runbook that is easy to execute should not exist.

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