What MMA taught me about working in tech


At first it might not seem like mixed martial arts has much to do with working as professional computer person. As somebody who’s been hospitalised as a result of both, I assure you that there are interesting and enlightening parallels. Poor work-life balance? Weird sleeping schedules? Difficulties with nutrition and diet? Toxic hero culture? Check and check.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! In both worlds, success comes as a result of hard work, dedication, and above all teamwork. What the public ends up seeing - the great and fantastic outcomes that are heralded as examples of the art - are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Underneath that are stories. Real stories about real people, full of twists and turns, where every day is a learning opportunity.

Join me as we chat about humility, empathy, trust, self-care and the value of a good project manager. And a little bit about punching things, too.

Speaker

daniel-maher

Daniel Maher

 
Dan is a member of the DevOpsDays Global Team, and a Developer Advocate at Datadog.