John Clapham

Four things I learnt about DevOps when my car was engulfed by flames

This is the story of the things I learnt when my car caught fire while driving through a less-than-salubrious area of Bristol one sunny afternoon. The whole experience lasted just half an hour and yet it was rich in learning, with uncanny parallels to the challenges we face encouraging DevOps in organisations.

Ignite talk by John Clapham from DevOpsDays London 2016 on Vimeo.


John Clapham

John Clapham


John Clapham is an independent coach, trainer and consultant. Founder of Cotelic, he specialises in DevOps and Agile, helping teams to build great products, and organisations to become more effective, productive and enjoyable to work in. His broad experience in software development ranges from start-up to enterprise scale, formed in the publishing, telecommunications, commerce, defense and public sector arenas.

John’s initiatives are fuelled by coffee, Lego and Bristol’s frequent inclement weather. He occasionally surfaces as @JohnC_Bristol, and has been rumoured to blog at