John Allspaw

John Allspaw

Recovering CTO, researcher

Brooklyn, New York

Areas of Expertise:

  • Software engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Cognitive Systems Engineering
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Systems Safety
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
John Allspaw has worked in software systems engineering and operations for over twenty years in many different environments: biotech, government, online media, social networking, and e-commerce. John’s publications include the books The Art of Capacity Planning (2009) and Web Operations (2010) as well as the forward to “The DevOps Handbook”. His 2009 Velocity talk with Paul Hammond, “10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation” helped start the DevOps movement. John served as SVP of Infrastructure and Operations and then CTO at Etsy, and holds an MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University.

The Art of Capacity Planning The Art of Capacity Planning
by John Allspaw, Arun Kejariwal
Second Edition October 2017
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $42.99

Web Operations Web Operations
by John Allspaw, Jesse Robbins
June 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $35.99

The Art of Capacity Planning The Art of Capacity Planning
by John Allspaw
September 2008

Webcast: Business Success and the Speed of Learning
February 11, 2015
In this webcast, John Allspaw explains how organizations can become more successful by studying their successes and demonstrates how we can all become more effective by examining our assumptions.

Webcast: Velocity 2011: Take-aways, Trends, and Highlights
June 24, 2011
The web performance and operations community gathered for three days at Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, California. In this webcast following the conference, program chairs Steve Souders and John Allspaw will identify and discuss key trends and announcements...

"As you embark on managing your company’s web site and applications, this book can be your guide. Although DBAs perform many similar tasks (monitoring, backup, designing for scalability, etc.), the details are decidedly different for web operations. If you’re charged with managing web operations for your company, use this book to help guide you through the morass."
--Craig S. Mullins, Data and Technology Today

"This book is about the practical capacity planning and management, about using tools, and being able to adapt to changing usage on a website that will grow. "
--Nadia Russ, Wonderpedia

"I can definitely say that I am a better software engineer after reading this book."
--Jon LeBlanc, Senior Software Engineer, Yahoo! Developer Network Blog

"John Allspaw's Art of Capacity Planning is useful right out of the gate, an incredibly practical deep-dive into what makes the web work and scale from someone who is on the front lines every day. Whether you're learning about the importance of understanding procurement processes in your organization or the specific methods you need to plan successfully, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to know how to build the next Flickr. "
--Chad Dickerson, CTO of Etsy, former CTO of & and head of Yahoo! Developer Network & Brickhouse

"John Allspaw understands capacity planning as Michael Phelps understands swimming. The Art of Capacity Planning distills his knowledge for you into its most practical essence: the process everyone should follow when managing production infrastructures."
--Adam Jacob, Founder and Senior Partner at HJK Solutions, a consulting firm for building automation platforms