John Barton

Head of Engineering at 99designs

Head of Engineering for 99designs, the world’s largest graphic design marketplace. Formerly: cofounder of a failed startup and engineering manager at Envato from before it was called Envato.

YOW! CTO Summit 2016 Melbourne

Every Engineer Takes the Pager…


…and other stories from an ops-less world.

Three years ago 99designs transitioned away from having an ops team. Not “we now have a devops team”, not “we’ve switched to calling our sysadmins SREs”, but instead all operations work is done by regular web developers. The business has continued to grow, and contrary to expectations, the site is more reliable than ever.

The talk will be about how we made it work, why it works for us, and how it could (in whole or part) work for you.