Rootconf 2015

DevOps and scaling infrastructure

Mohit Thatte


What can DevOps learn from sports teams

Submitted Apr 9, 2015

Understand that DevOps is not just about technology, its about culture and organization. These ideas have been tried in various disciplines in different forms.

We will focus on how sports teams practice DevOps!

We will ask and answer the following questions:

  • What do we really mean when we talk about DevOps culture?
  • Are there examples of DevOps like movements in other disciplines? What can we learn from them?
  • How can we make DevOps more effective?


What do we talk about when we talk about DevOps culture - team work, feedback, measuring things, automation.

Sports team obsess over these things! There’s a lot we can learn from them.

We’ll study a couple of ‘movements’ in sports that changed the game and have strong parallels to the DevOps movement- e.g. ‘Total Football’ pioneered by the Dutch teams of the 1970’s, or Sabremetrics in Baseball.

I’ll also share some stories from my experience with DevOps at different organizations,
and what I’d do differently if I could go back in time and apply some of these learnings.


An open mind

Speaker bio

Over the last 7 years, I’ve been a programmer at a large enterprise, a services company, and a high growth startup. I’ve also been an entrepreneur, a volunteer, and a teacher.

I’ve thought a lot about what it takes to build good culture in an organization.

I am currently busy building Dev To Prod - a series of bite sized videos focused on devops tools and practices that help you learn to ship code reliably, repeatably and quickly.



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