Game day

A game day simulates a failure or event to test systems, processes, and team responses. The purpose is to actually perform the actions the team would perform as if an exceptional event happened. These should be conducted regularly so that your team builds "muscle memory" on how to respond. Your game days should cover the areas of operations, security, reliability, performance, and cost.

In AWS, your game days can be carried out with replicas of your production environment using AWS CloudFormation. This enables you to test in a safe environment that resembles your production environment closely.


Game day process

A game day should involve all personnel that normally operate the workload. This includes all aspects of your business; specifically operations, test, development, security, business operations, and business leaders.

Define the scenario you want to practice.

Execute your simulation

Analyze the game day

Correction of Error (COE)