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Talks We Like: 10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr, by Hammond and Allspaw

In this edition of TWL, we are highlighting a classic that was a contributing spark to the creation of the DevOps movement.

If you flash back to 2009, the idea of a Dev leader and an Ops leader co-presenting was an odd one. You would expect them to be at different conferences, speaking on different topics. So not only was the pairing considered unusual, their content was remarkable.

The idea of tight integration between Dev and Ops to safely achieve a rate of change that was more than ten deployments per day? That was unheard of and widely considered unsafe and foolish. But, there was Paul Hammond and John Allspaw explaining how they did it and how well it was working.

This is Paul Hammond and John Allspaw presenting "10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr" at Velocity in 2009.



What we like about this talk:

  • The focus on collaboration between the humans of Dev and the humans of Ops is one that is often lost in conversations about the latest tooling and platforms. This talk is a great reminder of what can be achieved through human-to-human cross-team collaboration.
  • This talk was the spark that pushed Patrick Debois to organize the first DevOps Days conference and coin the phrase “DevOps.” For historical purposes, it is a great reference.
  • We’ve featured John Allspaw before, and it is interesting to see his early take on the role operations plays.