Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA
John Allspaw

John Allspaw
Research and Former CTO, Adaptive Capacity Labs

Website | @allspaw

John has worked in systems operations for over 14 years in biotech, government, and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at Salon, InfoWorld, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now VP of tech operations at Etsy, and is the author of The Art of Capacity Planning published by O’Reilly.


9:30am–9:35am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Courtney Nash (O'Reilly), John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ***..
(3.21, 19 ratings)
Program chairs Courtney Nash, John Allspaw, and Steve Souders open the first day of keynotes. Read more.
9:30am–9:35am Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), Courtney Nash (O'Reilly)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 14 ratings)
Program chairs Steve Souders, John Allspaw, and Courtney Nash open the second day of keynotes. Read more.
1:45pm–2:25pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom CD
John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), Christina Maslach (UC Berkeley), Amanda Folson (GitLab), Ryn Daniels (HashiCorp), Laura Bell (SafeStack), Vijay Gill (
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 24 ratings)
The topic of burnout has become front of mind for many people in our industry due to recent events. The individual consequences are potentially very damaging, ranging from a lack of career advancement to severe mental health problems, and in a few rare cases, suicide. But the focus cannot simply be on individuals--pervasive organizational issues contribute most significantly to burnout. Read more.